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23 April 2015, 06:00
It's hoped specialist play equipment for disabled children, developed in County Durham, will eventually be used across the country.
Marmax Products Ltd have donated over £12,000 worth of play equipment to Villa Real school in Consett, to help children of all abilities play together.
Many children at the school have severe, profound, medical and complex learning difficulties, some of whom also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or Cerebral Palsy, so they where looking for something which would promote further inclusive play.
Marmax Products have produced a new range of Special Educational Needs equipment, which will ensure that all children, no matter what their disability, can play together.
Tracey Scott, Sales and Marketing Manager of Marmax Products told Heart,
"We are aware that inclusive play is an important part of a child's development, so we have designed a range of play equipment that caters for all children.
To celebrate the launch of the new SEN range, we have donated a large selection of products to Villa Real School, so they can be the first to experience and enjoy the new range of products.
As with all Marmax products, the equipment will retain its visual appearance for years to come as it has been made from 100% recycled plastic products, which means it won't rust, rot, corrode or splinter so the school doesn't have to worry about any additional maintenance. It will last for years".
Karen Hart, a teacher at Villa Real School told Heart,
"The kind generosity shown by Marmax Products extended beyond their amazing donation to our school. Tracey and her team took time to work with us to make sure all equipment was modified to our specification. It has been a refreshing change to be involved with a company so dedicated to "getting it right!"
The equipment has livened up play times as children are enjoying lots of imaginary play on the train and pirate ship. It has also been used as an educational resource as classes have taken Maths lessons to role play in the outdoor shop/ café".
The equipment donated to the school saved 61,747 2 pint plastic milk cartons from going to landfill.