Primary school’s crowdfunding internet appeal for school equipment funds

Brooke Primary School has turned to crowdfunding to raise money for a new play area equipment

Brooke Primary School has turned to crowdfunding to raise money for a new play area equipment - Credit: Archant

A primary school has turned to the power of the world wide web to raise money for play equipment for pupils to use at break times.

Brooke Primary's wooden play area has been out of bounds since it was declared unsafe in November, leaving the children with just a small asphalt area at the front of the school to use.

The school is in the middle of a six-week fundraising project which it hopes will raise £3,500 towards the cost of new equipment through the website Crowdfunder, and its drama club has created a four-minute film for potential donors to watch.

However, if the school does not reach the full £3,500 target, it will not receive any of the money pledged.

Headteacher David Robinson said: 'The children have worked really hard to make the film and are so excited to see how well their Crowdfunder page will be received around the globe.

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'We sincerely hope it will be a big hit.'

The school's Crowdfunder page can receive online donations via GoCardless and PayPal until Sunday, June 21.

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David Taylor, chairman of Brooke School PTFA, said: 'We thought of the Crowdfunder idea because it has a wider reach for fundraising so we're hoping it will go viral to hit our £3,500 target.'

The total cost of the play area project is estimated at £21,000, which the Crowdfunder campaign will contribute to.

The school has already received £2,500 from the RBS Local Community Grant fund, and £500 from the Adnams Charitable Trust, with other grant applications being considered.


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