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Students from Northampton College have collected money to help raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome and raise funds to build a specialist playground for children with severe learning disabilities.

The Progression Diploma students raised £130 at the Lower Mounts campus and will put the cash towards East Hunsbury Primary School’s ‘Project Playground’ – an ambitious scheme to upgrade their current outdoor play space that is expected to cost £50,000.

Throughout the day, all Essential Skills classes had starter activities to raise awareness and staff and students wore colourful and odd socks to help raise awareness of the condition.

Andrew Griffiths, Essential Skills teacher at Northampton College, said: “The students really embraced the chance to have some fun and help raise money for a project which has the potential to change dozens of lives for the better. I’d like to thank everyone that contributed to the collection and I’m looking forward to seeing the project become a reality.”

Staff at East Hunsbury Primary School want to create an inspiring and inclusive play space for pupils with severe learning difficulties and their mainstream peers. The school has a 40 place specialist unit for children with severe learning difficulties.

Outdoor learning forms an essential part of the curriculum at the school and enables children to play together, build relationships, take risks and gain a better understanding of the world.

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