Easter came early for students at a Gloucestershire school as a local housebuilder donated hundreds of chocolate eggs.
Staff from Bovis Homes gave out more than 300 Easter eggs to the pupils at The Milestone School, which teaches children with special needs aged between 3 and 16, before they left for their half-term break.
“It was lovely to meet all the children and wish them a happy Easter!” says Bovis Homes regional marketing manager, Stephanie Spry. “We’ve selected the Chamwell Centre, which is a special facility set to be built on the grounds of The Milestone School, as our charity of the year. This visit was a great opportunity to find out more about the benefits the centre will bring for the pupils.”
The Chamwell Centre will be a state-of-the-art therapy facility, which will include a large hydrotherapy pool, facilities for physical therapies, rebound therapy and soft play, as well as an all-ability play and sports area. Although it will primarily be used by students at the school who have severe and complex special needs, it will also be available for adults and young people with disabilities from around the country. The centre will cost £5.1million and the charity has so far raised £4 million of its target.
Lyn Dancer, headteacher at The Milestone School, said: “I would like to thank Bovis Homes on behalf of the pupils for the generous donation of Easter eggs. The children were so excited to receive them and loved the surprise. As a school, we are very grateful of the support Bovis Homes is giving to the Chamwell Centre fundraising. The centre will enhance our curriculum offer to pupils and provide a wonderful centre for families to access where disabled children and adults, from across the county, will benefit from accessible facilities. Thank you so much to all at Bovis Homes.”
Bovis Homes, which has its regional head office in Bishop’s Cleeve, has already given £15,000 to the charity after hosting a special event in November and is now looking to increase this donation by raising funds throughout the year.
“The Chamwell Centre is set to be a fantastic facility and we’re keen to continue our support,” says Stephanie. “Every year, we select a charity to fundraise for and host events such as cake sales and raffles in our regional head office and our sales centres. We’ve been discussing fundraising ideas for this year and can’t wait to get started!”