Woodbridge Primary School benefits from Shufflers’ charitable donation

Preschool gains new library books and enhances its Forest School with £1000 donation from Woodbridge Shufflers

The Woodbridge 10k and Junior Race is well-known for its hills, its enthusiastic runners and post-run party atmosphere. But at its heart, the race is geared at helping local charities. Last year, six charities received a £1000 donation from the race: Lapwing Education, Ipswich Holiday Help For Children, Suffolk Young People’s Health Project (4YP), Orwell Panthers AC and Woodbridge Primary School.

Mark Krisson, Headmaster at Woodbridge Primary, tells us a little about how the school spent the money.

Forest School inspires learning
“We’re really grateful for the £1000 donation from the Woodbridge Shufflers. The money enabled us to buy Forest School equipment and thereby ensure that our Forest School Leaders could take groups of children off-site for all sorts of learning activities.”

“Many children find these sorts of activities really exciting and for some pupils, it allows them to demonstrate skills and abilities that they’d find hard to show in the classroom.”

A modern library
The money also helped towards the school’s library project. “With the donation, we were able to update our 10-year old library software and purchase a new package that will be really useful for parents as well as children and teachers,” continues Mr Krisson.

Books by favourite authors
In addition, the children were able to have their say in how the money was spent. Members of the ‘school council’ – nominated children from each year group – were asked which authors they liked best and favourite titles were subsequently purchased for the school to enjoy.

Lucy Cliff, who led the project on behalf of Friends of Woodbridge Primary School (FOWPS) says, “It’s been a lovely project which has allowed parents, staff and children to work really closely together. Thank you, Shufflers!”

Marathon Man to help FOWPS

And the good work doesn’t stop there! Richard Dempsey, a member of the Woodbridge Shufflers, will run this year’s London Marathon with all charitable donations going to Woodbridge Primary School.

Richard, who recently completed the Tarpley 20-mile race in under 2 hours 50 minutes, is training incredibly hard and is on target to achieve his dream sub-four hour marathon. Richard says:

“I was lucky enough to gain a London marathon place through the Woodbridge Shufflers and have decided to raise some funds for the Friends of Woodbridge Primary School (FOWPS). They work tirelessly all year organising lots of events to raise money for the school to provide the children with much needed equipment and support. All donations to this worthy causes are greatly appreciated.”

To donate, please visit Richard’s Just Giving page.