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Morgan Sindall plc staff give up time to enhance Allerton Primary School's playground

Morgan Sindall Give and Gain Day employees are pictured painting a fence panel. (L-R): James McDermott, Andrew Malson, David Ward, Paul South, Liane Kelsey, Jo Gibbs and Mark Waller

Staff at the Leeds office of Morgan Sindall plc swapped their hard hats for sanders and paintbrushes to take on the challenge of fixing up the playground area at Allerton CE Primary School in Alwoodley, Leeds.

The team of seven spent a full day at the school sanding down and re-staining a shelter and seats, which are built around the trees and ensuring they were secured safely with all materials kindly donated by Dickinson Decorators. This was in aid of Morgan Sindall’s commitment to support Business in the Community’s annual Give & Gain Day.

Business in the Community (BiTC) is a business-led charity that connects businesses with the local community. Working to drive change in communities, BiTC works in partnership with businesses through programmes such as Give & Gain Day so that companies can achieve more through collaboration. It aims to get as many people from businesses volunteering as possible in their local communities.

Commenting on the day, Morgan Sindall area director, Andy Hall, said: “It was great to see the team give something back to the community and make a real difference to the school. The school has worked extremely hard to give the children a natural environment to learn in and the seating area is a great idea.

“It is key for the children to learn about the environment and hopefully this revamped area will not only give them a new place to spend their play time but will also create alternative learning surroundings for the children.”

Allerton CE Primary has many facilities for the children to enjoy. It has a Multi-Use Games Area, separate purpose built KS2 classroom block and an early years outdoor area which is set within the Alwoodley Children’s Centre. The school grounds are extensive and the pupils love to garden, grow things and create outdoor sculptures and nature areas.

Headteacher at Allerton CE Primary said: “It was really humbling to see so many people come and give their time. As a school community, we are so incredibly grateful and really astounded by what has been achieved by the Morgan Sindall team. When I signed the school up for the BiTC initiative, I had an idea of how it would turn out. The day far surpassed this, as the sun was shining, the volunteers were so positive, hardworking and enthusiastic and the children were blown away.

“It has inspired the pupils and further enhanced their idea of community and giving. So a massive thank you. Morgan Sindall have really made a difference and left their mark on our school.”

Morgan Sindall is responsible for the construction of a number of buildings in and around Leeds and has recently handed over the new Castleford Bus Station.