MORE than £20,000 has been given to a school to improve their outdoor area.

Over the last 12 months, Evesham-based powder handling experts Matcon have been working with The Vale of Evesham School, a specialist school for cognition and learning.

During this time they have raised £23,472 towards the school's playground project appeal, which aims to raise £100,000 to improve the outdoor area by installing a large hammock in the woodland and a sunken trampoline.

Judith Syvret, teacher at The Vale of Evesham School, said: "We are delighted to now have bespoke, dynamic and inclusive play and outdoor learning spaces accessible to all.

"It has been a joy to see how much fun and pleasure the children get from the improved areas and to see all our children play together no matter what their disability or need.

"Matcon’s donation has provided us with the funds needed to put the last few pieces of the jigsaw in place to complete the project.

"We are so grateful to Matcon both for the support they have given us in raising the money needed to complete our appeal, but also for their time and labour in working on the project.

"It has made us feel very valued and done so much to improve our children's play times and outdoor learning experiences."

Matcon has supported the school with fundraising events including a bake-off competition and quiz night.

The company has volunteered over 80 hours working in the school’s sensory garden area laying foundations, relocating a summer house and painting playground equipment.

Matcon’s managing director Stephen Ball said: "I’m very proud of the time and effort that Matcon employees have given to this cause.

"Our employees have shown commitment and dedication and have in turn made a real difference to the pupils, parents and teachers of the Vale of Evesham School."