All aboard at Bluebell Wood

IMG_5243All aboard for the Bluebell Wood train! A brightly coloured train-themed play area is taking pride of place in the grounds of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, thanks to Rotherham College students.

Children, wheelchair users and families can now explore, play on or just sit down and enjoy the ride on the adventurous play area, which has an engine, tender and carriage on anti-slip decking, as well as windows, tunnels and climbing areas.

The idea was the brainchild of Rotherham College tutor Neil Jones, who runs Working Chance, a community project set up to boost the employability of young people in Rotherham through woodworking products.

Neil said: “This project has given our students the chance to put their skills to practical use and create something fun and useful for the children and families at Bluebell Wood. We were able to buy all the tools through lottery funding, so only had to source the materials, design the play area and build it. It’s the first time most of our students have taken on a project of this size and they’ve worked hard to create a fun experience for Bluebell Wood children and their families.

Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser in Rotherham, said: “Our children love interesting, creative and adventurous play, so we’re really grateful to the students for building this amazing play area. We know that they and their brothers and sisters will have many hours of fun on it, as it’s already proving very popular.

“We’re here to help families relax, have fun and spend precious time together and facilities like this help to make Bluebell Wood a place filled with love, fun and laughter.”

The students approached a number of local companies for materials and both Bluebell Wood and the students would like to thank the following for their generosity:

Buildbase for the timber for the frame

Snows Timber for the shiplap panels

Willmott Dixon for the anti-slip decking

Johnsons Paint for the paint.

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