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Celebrations as newaccessible play area is opened

There were celebrations this week as the Profound and Multiply Learning Disabilities (PMLD) new outside play area was opened by the Kirkdale family.

The Kirkdale family donated towards the funds needed to create the outside area and opened the new facility in memory of their brother Francis.

Francis sadly passed away in 2019, but he had attended Newick House School in the 1970’s.  Newick House School merged with Court Meadow School to form Woodlands Meed in 2012.  The plaque to remember Francis reads ‘The support you received here as a pupil shaped so much of the man you became....’ and it was because of this the family wished to support Woodlands Meed and the pupils who are benefiting from the specialized support they received today.

Mark Kirkdale said ‘We are delighted to see what a fantastic project our donation has helped create, to know that lots of pupils will benefit from this outside area for many years and what a lasting impact this will have is a lovely way to remember our brother Francis.’

The new covered and fully wheelchair accessible area enables the pupils to be outside whatever the weather and the wheelchair accessible swing provides the opportunity for  users to experience the movement of a swing and enjoy lots of fun and has been very popular so far.

As well as the generous donation from the Kirkdale family, fundraising for this area came from the result of the hard work and generosity of some Woodlands Meed parents and supporters.   Woodlands Meed parents Anna & Richard Ball organized and ran a Fundraising Ball and Cuckfield Bonfire have generously donated to Woodlands Meed for many years to projects like this.

Adam Rowland, Headteacher, thanked those responsible for the fundraising and commented ‘This just would not have been possible without the remarkable generosity of the Kirkdale family and the outstanding fundraising efforts of Anna & Richard Ball and Cuckfield Bonfire Society.  We are hugely grateful for all their considerable efforts and those who generously supported them along the way.  This outdoor area has already made a huge difference to the outdoor learning and play opportunities for our pupils and will continue to do so for many years to come’.