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Lowestoft school nominated for £5,000 renovation programme

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 27 June 2017

Roman Hill Primary School headteacher Jackie Etteridge. Photo: Nick Butcher

Roman Hill Primary School headteacher Jackie Etteridge. Photo: Nick Butcher

A Lowestoft school has been nominated for a £5,000 makeover by members of the community.

Roman Hill Primary School has been nominated for a £5000 renovation award. Headteacher Jackie Etteridge with pupils. Photo: Nick Butcher.Roman Hill Primary School has been nominated for a £5000 renovation award. Headteacher Jackie Etteridge with pupils. Photo: Nick Butcher.

Roman Hill Primary School, on Avondale Road, could be transformed by Wall’s Pastry’s Helping Hand campaign.

The campaign was launched this year and gives communities across the country the chance to submit details of an area in their society that deserves a makeover.

If successful the school is hoping to make the outdoor area safe and accessible so that the children are able to access to the school outdoor pond which is used for outdoor learning.

Michael Holton, of Wall’s Pastry, said: “We’re thrilled that the people of Lowestoft have got behind Roman Hill Primary School in their bid to improve their outdoor area.

“Finding the money to maintain areas of strong standing within a community can be difficult and also expensive. We’re keen to lend a helping hand and discover what areas could make a real difference.”

Linda Murkett, business manager of Roman Hill Primary School, said: “When you enter this type of competition you do so knowing there are so many worthwhile causes out there. We are delighted to be nominated.”

The fence currently surrounding the pond is deteriorating and the school say they will struggle to keep the pond going without the extra funding.

Disabled access to the pond means it is a popular spot for residents of the local care home who visit and enjoy lunch with pupils. The location is also popular among parents and teachers.

Mrs Murkett said: “It is a community area within an urban environment.”

She added: “The children are from urban surroundings and this gives them the chance to get closer to nature – it’s there so that children realise there is more than just a concrete jungle.”

“It would be a shame if such a vibrant outdoor area couldn’t continue for generations.”

The winning project will see the renovation project take place over five days and will the nominee also receiving £500. The winner will be selected by a panel of independent judges on Monday, July 10.

To find out more visit www.wallshelpinghand.co.uk.

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