Youngsters at Martongate School are celebrating after a replacement play-house was unveiled following an appeal to replace the original building after it was vandalised.
The vandalised play-house was deemed unsafe after staff discovered the vandalism after the school holidays, but parents soon rallied round and created a JustGiving fundraising page which hit the target required for a replacement in just a few days.
However, after a call to Northern Log Cabins, a former pupil Josh Bradley who is an employee at the company checked the damaged play-house and declared it structurally unsafe. His company then made the generous offer of donating a replacement play-house to the school.
Jo Ward, who is the Business Manager at Martongate said: “Northern Log Cabins have built the Early Years and Foundation Stage play-house and have now fitted it in the play area.”
“The house is absolutely amazing; the children all cheered when they saw it and can’t wait to start playing in it. There is also a plaque from Tesco Groundwork as they funded quite a lot of the outside area, including the original house.”
Added Jo: “Thanks also to PARENT Chris Barker who kicked off the funding page and all the people and businesses that donated. The support has been absolutely overwhelming.”
Head Teacher, David Carruthers said: “We are so grateful to everyone who offered their help and support. The Early Years Foundation Stage outside learning area was built by our community and we are touched by how many people showed they care by donating and helping to re-build the new playhouse.”