Rugbytots epic charity build for outstanding Surrey school

VOLUNTEERS from Rugbytots, Wooden Spoon and Securitas joined ex-military mentors from Fusion Community Initiatives to deliver a life-enhancing build project for Surrey based St Joseph’s Specialist School & College, an outstanding and incredible special school for children aged 5 to 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties. It has built up a wide reputation for high quality provision for students with complex special needs.

Funded by Rugbytots, the one day build was a “perfect example of seeing how the money raised by Rugbytots is spent and we are delighted that 30 Rugbytots were able to be part of the build on the day,” commented Max Webb, Rugbytots Founder.

The team of volunteers worked together to turn a barren area of grass that was inaccessible for students into an attractive adventure playground featuring a play tractor and trailer, an oversized ‘King’ chair, a huge octagonal pagoda with seating and arbour entrance with raised planters. The build was delivered in just one day and will leave a lasting legacy for the children at St Joseph’s.

Shirley Illsley, fundraiser, St Joseph’s Specialist School & College commented;

The children are going to be absolutely over the moon with the tractor and train you’ve created today. We do really thank you for your amazing job.

The project provided the teams with a dynamic and rewarding team-building day, whilst giving back to the local community with a strong social impact. Dom Young, Rugbytots franchisee and project manager for the day added. “It’s amazing how everyone came together to do the roles required and create a fantastic facility for the children.”

A strong mentality and positive collaborative attitude was needed to complete this community project for the school. But it was an incredibly rewarding achievement; for each individual involved – the teams from Rugbytots, Securitas, Wooden Spoon, Fusion mentors and the staff and children at St Joseph’s, this outstanding project will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on all individuals involved and on the local community.

Shaun Kennedy, Director of Specialist Protective Services at Securitas UK, was a volunteer on the day and commented: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to take part in this project, creating something special for the children of St. Joseph’s to enjoy. I worked on the play tractor and trailer element of the build and was very proud of the finished result. The build was also a great opportunity to exercise project management, team building and an array of other practical skills.”

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