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Marlow primary school wins £5,000 award to create a stimulating outdoor learning environment

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 21 Dec 2015

OneFamily Foundation £5k award will benefit the youngest pupils of Danesfield School, Buckinghamshire.

Pupils, parents and teachers at Danesfield School were celebrating today at the news they had won £5,000 to help them create a stimulating outdoor learning environment for the school’s younger pupils.

The OneFamily Foundation community award was won by the school after a public vote, with the money funding long-lasting, but moveable equipment, that will be used across teaching in maths, literacy, art, music and role play.

The equipment is specially designed to facilitate play in a safe environment, and will include musical pieces, tables and water equipment. All of the equipment selected will aid the health and personal development of key stage one pupils.

Janet Trounce, OneFamily customer and Danesfield School’s PTA treasurer, said: "When I heard about the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, I knew that our school was the perfect candidate.  I have to admit though I can’t still quite believe that we’ve won! It’s all thanks to the amazing support of our community. We truly are so very grateful and now we just can’t wait to get the equipment installed and see the children benefiting from it.”

Sarah Morgan, Head teacher of Danesfield School, added: "We are incredibly thankful to all the people that voted, enabling us to be successful in our bid for this grant.  The redevelopment of our outdoor learning area is going to make a significant difference to the children and teachers on a daily basis.  We look forward to sharing photos as the project progresses and are extremely grateful to the OneFamily Foundation Trust for giving us this opportunity.”

The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by the mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5 million available to its members over five years to make their lives and communities better.

The mutual organisation provides investments, savings, and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.  As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers. The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities.

The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.

There are four categories for each award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there are four awards of £5,000 available in each category, with Danesfield Primary winning in the school’s category.

James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “When communities come together they can achieve powerful things and Danesfield Primary School is great example of this.  As a result of wider community support, the school’s youngest pupils are set to benefit from special play equipment that will help stimulate their development through a range of fun activities.  We wish them all the best with their plans and will watch their progress with interest.

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Editors notes:

The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community. 
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