A project to provide a gym adapted for children with special needs, which received a big boost from a Staffordshire building firm, has been officially opened.
The children of Queens Croft High School in Lichfield came up with the idea for the outdoor gym – the first of its kind in the region – which will benefit 11-19 year olds from the Cannock, Burntwood, Lichfield, Tamworth and surrounding areas.
Chasetown-based house builders Cameron Homes stepped in to donate a £1,000 cheque, as well as a £100 voucher as a raffle prize.
Headmaster Peter Hawksworth said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our new outdoor gym and extremely grateful to Cameron Homes for their financial support in this venture.
“The gym provides a daily opportunity for our students to develop their general fitness and set up good patterns of exercise behaviour to support them in their adult lives.
“It is already having a very significant impact on the health and wellbeing of the students and I look forward to it continuing to enhance the educational experience offered by Queen’s Croft High School.”
Ashely Hall of the school added: “Our pupils came up with the idea for this project as they are aware of the benefits of regular exercise and they are now so very excited that their dream has become a reality – there is not another facility like this in the West Midlands or Staffordshire.”
Mrs Hall said that the success of the project would be carefully monitored and it would be open to other members of the community with disabilities at weekends and evenings.
Danielle Goffe-Wood of Cameron Homes, which builds developments throughout the region, said that the firm was happy to step in to help.
“We really enjoyed visited the facility and seeing for ourselves the difference it makes to the young people’s lives,” she commented.