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£4,000 play revamp at Middleton-in-Teesdale helps mark 20th anniversary for parent group

NEW play equipment greeted children returning to Middleton-in-Teesdale Primary School after the summer break.
The new trim trail kit worth about £4,000 was organised by the school’s friends group to celebrate 20 years since their formation.
For the anniversary, the group held 20 fundraising events to gather almost £5,000 for the school. Events included a fashion show and end of term discos.
Friends member Emma Spry said along with buying new playground equipment for the school’s older children, the group paid for the entire school, some 120 pupils, to attend the Cinderella pantomime at Darlington Civic Centre last year.
The group also contributed towards the school library and gave £100 to each class for school trips. She said: “This year, having our 20 events, we really wanted to push ourselves.”
The group hopes the new kit will bring pleasure to children for years to come.
Chairwoman of the friends group Gillian Hutchinson said: “I’m over the moon that we have been able to do something tangible and solid that the children can see.
“We made sure we bought good solid playground equipment.”
Friends treasurer Faye Docherty added: “We raised a total of £4,504.62 which is the highest amount raised since the friends started.
Along with the new playground equipment we’ve also bought some new bikes for nursery – we’ve bought some school caps with the logo on and we’ve contributed towards the school trips for each year as well as other various things throughout the year.”
An additional £950 for the playground kit was raised by the school’s year two class who together with teacher Vicky Oliver wrote to six local businesses for support.


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