Local school children to enjoy much needed new play trail thanks to generous donation

The Friends of Abbotswood Junior School has received a generous donation from the Barker-Mill Foundation (BMF) to the sum of £4,000, to put towards the installation of a much-needed replacement play trail at Abbotswood Junior School in Totton.

The new play trail opened in time for Summer term and will provide the children with the opportunity to climb, balance, jump and explore. Not only will it promote being active, but it will encourage co-operative play and help in developing problem solving skills. The children will be able to have fun and continue their positive learning experience outside the classroom now too.

Caroline Stevens, chairperson of The Friends of Abbotswood Junior School, said: “The children really needed somewhere new to “hang out” and the kind donation from BMF has enabled us to provide a fantastic new play trail, the previous equipment had been well used for over 20 years and needed updating. It’s great we’ve been able to grant the requests of the children, teachers and parents for an exciting and safe place to hang out!”

The Junior School is one of the largest in Hampshire and the Friends of Abbotswood provide vital support with events and fundraising. The group is made up of parents, carers and grandparents who enjoy volunteering their time to raise funds and help with school projects. Funding support, like the donation from BMF, allows the group to take on and complete larger projects to benefit the whole school community.

Tim Jobling, BMF Trustee, said: “It’s important for children to be able to have fun in a safe environment outdoors which will also provide learning opportunities. We were delighted to be able to make a donation that enabled the school to install a wonderful modern and lively play trail for the children to enjoy.”