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Support drummed up to help Farndon forest school at St Peter’s Cross Keys C of E Academy come to life



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A forest school is ready to flourish thanks to a generous cable drum donation.

Construction company McCann Ltd responded to National Highway's request for help to source and deliver cable drums to St Peter’s Cross Keys C of E Academy, Farndon.

The drums were needed to create a forest school within the school grounds, to help create a more engaging environment for students.

McCann HGV operative Tim Callaghan, with pupils, Henry Wheat, 4, Billy Walker, 4, and Sophie Wakefield, 5. (53557851)
McCann HGV operative Tim Callaghan, with pupils, Henry Wheat, 4, Billy Walker, 4, and Sophie Wakefield, 5. (53557851)

Staff and students at St Peter’s had reached out to National Highways for support and as a partner in the supply chain network McCann responded to give its assistance.

Gillian Pykett, early years foundation stage leader at St Peter’s, said: “In our endeavour to create an even more engaging and exciting learning environment for the youngest learners in our school we were struggling to source cable reels until McCann came to our rescue, delivering not one but five awesome reels. These will over the coming weeks be transformed into a range of tables, housing small world resources and much more in our outside classroom and two will even become dens in our forest schools.

“We would like to thank National Highways for their support and McCann themselves for gifting us with these along with the chance to further provide an awesome and sustainable educational resource for our students.”

McCann HGV operative Tim Callaghan, with pupils, Henry Wheat, 4, Billy Walker, 4, and Sophie Wakefield, 5. (53557848)
McCann HGV operative Tim Callaghan, with pupils, Henry Wheat, 4, Billy Walker, 4, and Sophie Wakefield, 5. (53557848)

The drums McCann donated and delivered were not only enough to support the school with turning its forest school dreams into reality, but will also help with the creation of a separate playground project in the near future.

Project manager Pardraic Sweeney, who helped to deliver the drums, said: “Wherever we can, we’re always happy to work with and support local organisations in order to make a genuine difference in the community.

“This initiative is yet another great example of the brilliant relationship we have built up with National Highways and its supply chain community. It shows how collaboration can make a positive difference to both customers and local communities.”

National Highways’ regional operations director for the Midlands, Andrew Jinks, said: “We’re always keen to do our bit to help the community whenever we can and we’re delighted this will help the school with its exciting project.”



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