Cornish school races ahead to win national award

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A Cornish school has secured £5,000 to extend its mountain biking track after winning a national award.

Wadebridge Primary Academy was awarded the money by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The school, which has nearly 500 pupils, built the track last year to improve students’ road safety knowledge. It has already been a great success, and more children are now cycling to school than ever before.

The new funding will be used to extend the track, creating a cycle path free of ramps and speed humps so that it is accessible for pupils with disabilities.

The money will also be used to buy equipment such as traffic lights, cones and signs, to teach children about the importance of road safety.

Wadebridge Primary Academy was nominated for a Foundation Community Award by Fiona Charman, a OneFamily customer and teaching assistant at the school. The project was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.

Fiona said:

“The children are ecstatic about winning the award and we’re so grateful to everyone that voted for us.

“They absolutely love the bike track and a lot of them stay behind after school to use it, so it’s great that we’re now able to make it accessible to everyone.

“We’re planning on sourcing all of our road safety training equipment from local businesses to make sure that the money we’ve won stays in our fantastic community.”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“This is a brilliant project that encourages children to get active as well as teaching them about road safety in an exciting way.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in the autumn and we’d encourage our Cornwall-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, 100,000 people directly benefited from Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/