Kids celebrate play area at Whitby’s West Cliff School

West Cliff School'Children at West Cliff School give a cheer in front of their new play equipment..'Picture by Neil Silk  w111901a'10/05/11

West Cliff School'Children at West Cliff School give a cheer in front of their new play equipment..'Picture by Neil Silk w111901a'10/05/11

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KIDS at a Whitby school have something to cheer about after generous fund-raisers helped re-vamp their playground.

In just two terms, West Cliff School has managed to collect £16,000 for new equipment which has come from a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery and local businesses Masons, Boulby Mine and Nisa Extra.

Youngsters now have a huge sandpit with a shelter to play in, a new planter with a perspex side so they can see the plant as it grows, another parent waiting shelter, climbing frame, parking bays for bikes, a big play house and an outdoor water play area.

Head teacher Christina Zanelli said: “In September, there was nothing really for the children to play outside with apart from temporary equipment as on a windy day, it used to blow away with us being stood on the cliff.

“We wanted something that was fixed so it could be used outside all the time and in all weathers and the children can now be out there whenever they want as the areas are covered.

“It’s outstanding, the children haven’t even been inside yet.

“We are absolutely delighted with what we’ve got now. The parents have been very supportive coming up with ideas and the staff have been brilliant.”

The school held a series of money-spinners itself too including a Christmas fair and bingo night.

But West Cliff’s plans for their outside space don’t stop there.

Mrs Zanelli said their next project is to raise cash for an artificial grass sports pitch as the school’s two playgrounds are concreted with no grass.

However it will cost around £30,000 to get done and they will be applying for more grants as well as appealing for donations once again.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Christina Zanelli on (01947) 602510.