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Prince's Trust ‘Team' programme spruce up garden in aid of local school children

19/07/2017

L-R: The young people from the Team programme with Prince’s Trust staff, Marshlands teachers Rachel Kite, pupil Olivia Owens aged 6, Hameez Abbasi aged 4 and teacher Vickie Hartwell
The young people from the Team programme with Prince’s Trust staff, Marshlands teachers Rachel Kite, pupil Olivia Owens aged 6, Hameez Abbasi aged 4 and teacher Vickie Hartwell

Kind-hearted members of The Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme, run in partnership with Safer Communities CIC and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, have been busy preparing a new sensory garden for school children.

"After visiting the children at Marshlands Primary School the young people chose to work on a project for them as they wanted to help give them an interesting outdoor environment that would enrich their time at school."

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young

The programme saw 10 young people set about fundraising cash to buy materials and then spent eight days working on the project at Marshlands Primary School in Stafford.

They raised £302 for the project by holding cake sales at Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters, and took part in bag-packing for customers at Asda in Stafford.

The community project’s theme was based on the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt outdoor sensory garden for pupils to enjoy. The area is designed to give children with special educational needs a safe place to enjoy and explore the great outdoors.

The team spent time clearing an area at the school and digging the area. They painted and installed colourful fence panels, painted picnic tables and tyres to be used as planters, and installed a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt storyboard for the children.

L-R: The young people from the Team programme with Prince’s Trust staff, Marshlands Head teacher Kim Ellis, pupil Morgan Leech aged 10 and teacher Rachel Kite

Prince’s Trust Delivery Partner Manager James Hettihewa-Young said: “After visiting the children at Marshlands Primary School the young people chose to work on a project for them as they wanted to help give them an interesting outdoor environment that would enrich their time at school.

“They put a lot of effort into organising their fundraising events and we are delighted that they managed to raise an impressive £302 as a result.

“We are optimistic that the foundation work carried out on the sensory area by participants on the Team programme will make a really positive difference to the children when they return to school in September.”

Kim Ellis, Head teacher at Marshlands, said: “Marshlands are delighted to have had the support from The Prince’s Trust with regard to our Bear Hunt sensory trail. 

“The volunteers have worked tirelessly painting fences and clearing the areas. The Bear Hunt sensory trail will enable pupils with special educational needs to explore a sensory walk through a forest, grass and mud.

“We are hoping to complete the project by September 2017 and thank the volunteers from The Prince’s Trust for their hard work and commitment to our project.”