Ilkeston students help fund special playground

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Students at Kirk Hallam Community Academy have handed over more than £480 to help fund specialist playground equipment at Bennerley Fields School.

Sixth formers came up with fundraising ideas which included creating a calendar of the sixth form football team and holding a cake sale.

They also took part in a sponsored row alongside other fundraisers at Bennerley Fields, covering 874 miles, which is the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The sixth formers decided they wanted to help raise the money following an assembly by Abigail Evans, school business manager at Bennerley Fields School.

Bennerley Fields, in Ilkeston, also received a donation of £15,000 from the Lord’s Taverners and the new play equipment, including a wheelchair-accessible swing and roundabout, has been officially opened.

Sixth formers from Kirk Hallam attended the opening and James Taylor, 17, said it was great to see the Bennerley pupils enjoying the equipment.

He said: “We had great fun fundraising and it’s really nice to see the results of that at Bennerley and the effect that it has on the young people there. We are really glad we could help. A lot of us live locally so it’s good to be able to do something for the community.”

David Cowley, head of sixth form, said: “We hope that the children at Bennerley enjoy their fantastic new play equipment for many years to come.”