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Cottesmore school receives Royal British Legion funding

A primary school has received a donation from the Royal British Legion (RBL) to help ‘forces families’ in Rutland.

Cottesmore Academy at the Kendrew Barracks will use the £6880 to update its family room, which helps the school build links with parents and carers, and to create a sensory room for pupils.

The money was presented to the school by president of the Oakham branch of the RBL, Air Vice-Marshal Nigel Sudborough, accompanied by Oakham branch chairman David Smith and Poppy Appeal organiser Gywn Andrews.

Assistant head teacher, Anneka Bellet, said: “We were very grateful because it means we can change the family room from an ordinary, quite stark space into somewhere welcoming and relaxed. It will be more like a living room, with sofas, a carpet and painted walls, and groups like the parent and toddler group could use it in future.

“For the sensory room it will pay for equipment like a dark den, bubble tubes and sensory lights.

“The changes really support the needs of our children and families. They deserve the best because they have concerns when family members are posted to work away with the forces.”

Mr Sudborough said: “As a committee we were delighted to make the donation. It’s very visual evidence of the RBL supporting local deserving causes.”

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