Posted: 10/10/2012 |

Canaan Lane pupils and staff were thrilled to be special guests at The Yard special needs playground on Friday 5th October. The Yard has been selected as the BBC’s DIY SOS project for this year’s Children in Need programme. The sun shone on the day and we joined almost 100 other guests, families and children for ‘The Big Reveal’ - the moment when the staff, volunteers and other friends of The Yard were allowed in for the first time to see the transformation.

Pupils and staff enjoyed meeting Nick Knowles and his team as well as Pudsey Bear and some of the 200+ contractors and volunteers who gave their services free of charge for 10 days in order to carry out the work. There was a loud cheer as they all trooped into the Yard to be thanked for all they had done.

Some of our old favourite pieces of equipment are still there, like the wheelchair accessible swing boat, the slides and raised walkways, but all have been given a new look or been replaced. Now there is a sensory garden area, a water feature, sand pit, ample indoor play shed space as well as walkways and a solar dome. New garden and picnic areas have also been installed. The biggest hit for many of our pupils though was the set of working traffic lights complete with pelican crossing at the crossing point of two of the paths! The Yard’s indoor space has also been transformed there is a new wheelchair user accessible kitchen, a new multi-sensory room, art space and lots more.

We managed to collect lots of photographs and autographs as well as some Pudsey ears and a selection of hard hats while we were there. We’re also look forward to seeing ourselves on TV during the Children in Need programme on Friday 16th November.