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Newbury Building Society helps fund new outdoor play area for Treloar School

Patron of the charity Alan Titchmarsh, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of Treloar School's opening of its new outdoor learning centre.

Newbury Building Society was delighted to attend the launch of Treloar School’s brand new outdoor play and learning area following a one-off cash injection of £300 from its Community Support Scheme. 

The outdoor area, which has been designed with students living with physical disabilities in mind, is now a vibrant, open space and includes a range of activities to help stimulate the senses and cultivate fun in a hands-on learning environment. The donation from the Society went towards the newly potted flowerbeds which will allow the children to later grow their own plants.

Also in attendance was the Patron of Treloar Trust, Alan Titchmarsh, who had the honours of cutting the ribbon at the event. 

Lucinda Gillingham, Head of Fundraising Development at Treloar’s said: “The playground is absolutely amazing and has transformed our younger students play and learning time – we cannot thank Newbury Building Society enough for their generous support in making this project happen.”

Beth Arnott, one of Treloar’s primary school teachers, thanked all sponsors involved in the project and said: “A new outdoor play and learning area was desperately needed and so last year we embarked on this project. The area was carefully designed to provide an inclusive playground which would help the children to develop independence skills, give them the opportunity to socialise and play with their friends, be creative and learn and develop skills to the best of their abilities. With your generous donation you have helped to make learning and play exciting and accessible and put a smile of their faces. Thank you so much for helping us to get outside and learn!”

Newbury Building Society’s Community Support scheme, which was launched in 2017, provides financial assistance to a wide range of local organisations involved in improving community life within its branch towns. Typical award amounts start from £100 with a cap of £500.  

Emma Simms, Marketing and Communications Manager at Newbury Building Society said: “As a building society, we are committed to giving something back to the communities in which our members and staff live and work, and pride ourselves on being a local institution. Treloar’s campaign to build a specialist outdoor space for its students met our Community Support Scheme criteria perfectly, and we were delighted to offer financial aid in building such an important part of the school. We hope the students, teachers and parents fully enjoy their new outdoor and play area.”

Applications for the Society’s Community Support scheme funding are considered twice a year in May and November, and an application form can be found on the dedicated webpage. Projects that promote and encourage sporting activity and in the arts, support education and development, and benefit the local environment within the Society’s branch towns will be considered. 

Treloar’s is based in Alton (Registered Charity Number 1092857) and provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas. 

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