School’s new playground dream a reality thanks to ABP Port of Ipswich

November 12, 2015

Children at the Bridge School in Ipswich are celebrating after Associated British Ports (ABP) and companies based at ABP Port of Ipswich stepped in to fund their new playground.

The special school, which looks after children aged between three and 16 with severe learning difficulties, moved to a new site at Sprites Lane this summer. But funding only covered the new buildings and didn’t stretch to providing a playground for the youngest children.

ABP and partner port companies donated £17,500 to make the school’s playground dream a reality.

The playground features specially designed play equipment for the school’s children.

Odran Doran, Head Teacher at the Bridge School, said: “Play has a vital role in helping children learn and develop, so we were determined our children should have the best playground, even though the funding wasn’t there. ABP stepped in to make that happen for us. As a result, our children have a great facility that they enjoy every day and that is entirely down to the Port of Ipswich.”

Andrew Harston, ABP Director, Short Sea Ports, said: “The Bridge School does outstanding work on behalf of the community and we are delighted to be able to support the school and the children by providing this playground, together with our partners.

“It is a wonderful thing to be able to deliver something that will provide so much joy in the years to come and everyone at the port is proud to be a part of this.”

The Port of Ipswich supports more than 1,800 jobs and generates £122m for the regional economy.