PPL help provide outdoor play space for the Collett School
The Lord's Taverners were joined by Sky Sports presenter Matt Floyd at The Collett School for Special Educational Needs in Hemel Hempstead last Friday, 23 February, to officially open their brand new outdoor play space. The new facility was made possible thank to a £20,000 grant awarded to the school by the charity.
The Collett School for Special Educational Needs is Hertfordshire's only all-through special educational needs school, which caters for nearly 130 children with learning disabilities and complex needs including MLD, cerebral palsy, Tourrette's syndrome and Batton's disease. All students have significant disabilities, with many having Down's syndrome and half having autism. They also cater for pupils with extremely rare disorders (one of whom is one of only two in the world with that diagnosis).
The new outdoor play equipment will help pupils to develop communication and physical skills and gain a boost confidence, improve physical and mental health, while helping them develop emotional responses.
The grant, and subsequent installation of the equipment, was made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide this new outdoor play space for the Collett School.
Head of Operations at The Collett School, Gillian Lawson, said: "There are so many positive impacts that this new outdoor space is going to have on the school. It will provide happiness, confidence, growth, inspiration and will improve opportunities in life going forward. Thank you always seems such a small phrase. The difference that this outdoor play space will make is phenomenal."
Sky Sports presenter and broadcaster, and Lord's Taverner Matt Floyd, added: "Today we've opened this outdoor play space, which the kids can utilise from now on. It gives them a chance to get outside without leaving the school. It's really rewarding for me to come and see something like this first-hand as you get to see the kids using the new equipment and it really hits home just how the money we raise is put to such a good use."