Leeds special school pupils delighted by new sensory playground

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A £50,000 sensory playground aimed at benefiting children at a special school has been unveiled.

Over 18 months residents and businesses backed Broomfield South SILC, in Broom Place, Belle Isle, to the tune of £10,000, which was combined with a £40,000 grant from the Wooden Spoon charity to pay for the facility.

More than 100 pupils at the school can now use the equipment that includes climbing apparatus, swings, a sensory play zone and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.

Charlotte Gray-Sharpe, the school’s bursar and facilities manager, said: “The children are absolutely loving it, play times are much more enjoyable.”

Wooden Spoon ambassador and former Great Britain rugby star John Bentley opened the facility.

Paula Vasco-Knight and her brother (right) and her husband Stephen (centre behind) leaving Exeter Crown Court.  Pic: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

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