Oakham: Primary School Children benefit from Waterproof & Wellies kits

  Posted: 07.10.21 at 08:08 by The Editor

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The Edith Weston Primary School in Rutland was the first school in the county to benefit from the Waterproof & Wellies.

The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness was on hand yesterday to give the delighted primary school children the kits.

Dr Furness said: "This is a really wonderful initiative that provides school children with the necessary equipment to get outside and enjoy nature”

Government figures show there are over 20,000 primary schools in the UK in which a number of families do not have easy access to the right gear to enjoy the outdoors*.

The project, part of The Outdoor Guide Foundation, aims to raise £5m to provide 10 sets of high-quality outdoors kit, consisting of a waterproof jacket, trousers and welly boots to every state primary school across the country over the next six years.

Deputy Headteacher of Edith Weston Primary School, Penny Rawlings, said: “When we have taken learning outdoors we have seen amazing results – the children are engaged in the tasks, cooperate brilliantly and really enjoy this part of their curriculum. We’re delighted to be working with The Waterproof and Wellies Project, ensuring that all our children can experience the benefits of playing and learning in the great outdoors.”

Gina Bradbury Fox, co-founder of The Outdoor Guide (TOG), and who created the project, said: “Lack of access to weatherproof clothing is a real barrier for children engaging in outdoor learning. The Waterproof and Wellies Project aims to democratise access to the great outdoors by donating 10 kits to every state primary school in Britain, meaning all kids can join their classmates for fun, fresh air and adventures in nature.

"We have already seen incredible generosity from local businesses and philanthropists keen to provide kits to schools across the country, including funding from Land Rover. Local haulier, Sanderson, have been amazing and given their time to deliver kits across the country to over 120 different schools. This school holds really special memories for me as I was a pupil at the Edith Weston School when growing up in Rutland".

Jan Sanderson, owner of Sanderson and outdoor enthusiast, said: "We are thrilled to be supporting Waterproof & Wellies and encouraging more children to get outside. The kits provide the basic gear that will allow children to have wonderful outdoor experiences when at school,whatever the weather!”

The Waterproof & Wellies Project officially kicked off in March with Gemma Hunt, CBBC TV presenter.

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