The St Austell School was badly hit by the floods last November, which ruined their playing field, destroyed equipment and children’s work and forced them to close classrooms until January.
The school are now trying to bounce back from the damage with plans for a £10,000 renovation of the playing field and a new early years playground.
The £1,000 cheque was presented to Pondhu School on Monday 23 May by Chris Varcoe, Imerys’ Mineral Services Manager (pictured with head teacher Debbie Tregellas, Chair of Governors Dave Leaity, parent Eileen Rix and several Pondhu students).
Chris said “When Pondhu School wrote to us in April to tell us about their fundraising towards the new play facilities, we were happy to offer £1,000 towards it.
“The floods caused a huge amount of destruction to the local community, and Imerys is glad to be able to help a local school recover from the damage.”
The planned all-weather play facilities will include a tyre track, sand pit, observatory, bike track and resurfacing of the whole area.
Head teacher of Pondhu School, Debbie Tregellas said: “Because of the floods we had to cancel a lot of our usual fundraising activity including the Christmas Fair. The ‘Friends of Pondhu’ parents group have managed to pledge £1,000 towards each of the two play areas, but we still have a long way to go to reaching our goal.
“We’re extremely grateful to Imerys for giving us such a generous donation, and it will be a great help in our playground improvements.”
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