Play area opens after children help raise funds

April 27 2022

The new climbing stack

The new climbing stack

A NEW play area at a Downend infant school has opened after years of fundraising.

The play area at Christ Church Infant School cost £29,000 and includes a new 'climbing stack', parallel bars and a large area of safety and all-weather flooring needed so it can be used all year round.

The school's Friends group raised £15,000 towards the total, and the children’s own sponsored activities raised a further £3,000.

They included a recent challenge to each of the 222 pupils to raise £20.22 by February 20 this year (or 20/2/22). Children thought up their own sponsored events, from making and selling chocolates, sticky buns, biscuits and cakes to running, cycling and climbing a mountain.

Other pupils carried out household chores and picked up litter picking in the area in return for sponsorship.

A Lego show organised by Bristol enthusiasts GertLUG, including Christ Church parent Luke Beedle, raised £2,000.

The school also put up proceeds of previous fundraising and money from its annual capital devolved funding of £6,000 per year, and reached its goal with a member-awarded funding grant from Frenchay & Downend ward councillors Ben Burton, Liz Brennan and James Griffiths.

The school invited the councillors to an opening ceremony, where Cllr Burton cut a ribbon to a "huge cheer".

Head teacher Anna Martin said: "The school is so grateful to the whole parent community for doing such fantastic fundraising and donating a huge amount of money to make the playground a better place for all of the children.

"We were delighted to welcome our Friends team and the councillors to the opening ceremony.   Hundreds of parents and their children came to the event and it was clear to see how much it meant to the whole community. 

"It was even more meaningful because it was fitted so soon after the children’s sponsored events, so they really feel they have contributed."