11 Mar Local School Plans Easter Fun To Boost New Play Equipment Fund
Home Farm Primary School in Colchester is organising its first ever Easter Fun Run in a bid to raise money to fund a £12,000 playground improvement plan.
The event, which takes place on 28th March and is open to the whole community, aims to bring together children from 2-11 years of age to run, jog or walk the course once, or try and complete as many laps as possible to boost sponsorship efforts. Every child taking part will receive an Easter Egg and there will also be games, food and drink and art and craft activities throughout the day.
“We are currently fundraising to purchase new outdoor surfacing and play equipment for the school, so we thought it would be great to get the kids outdoors and having fun with their friends this Easter, whilst also raising money,” explains Nikki Whiteford, Co-Chair of the Home Farm School Association (The HFSA), the PTA at Home Farm Primary School. “Over the last six months the HFSA has raised £9,000 through a variety of events. However, we need another £3,000 to be able to make this fantastic investment for the school, which will benefit each and every pupil throughout the year. We’re hoping lots of school pupils, as well as children from the local community, will turn up to the event to help us smash our fund-raising target.”
Over the last two years, Home Farm Primary School has grown from a single intake primary of 210 pupils, to 335 pupils. With more children now in the playground, the need to expand the play area and provide additional resources for the children to enjoy has never been greater. “This week we met with the student council and the main requests are for more outdoor play equipment – skipping ropes, outdoor games and hula hoops. Playing games and enjoying outside activity is vitally important, so the more money we can raise at our Easter Fun Run, the more we can invest back into the school,” adds Nikki.
Tickets for the Fun Run are just £2.50 and there are four time slots available to book online through https://www.tickettailor.com/events/homefarmschoolassociation/347225. Only runners need to buy a ticket, everyone else is welcome to attend for free and enjoy the other activities taking place, whilst cheering on their children.
Children can also be sponsored for taking part, or for completing laps of the course. All sponsorship money raised will be split equally between the HFSA and Sport Relief.