The Big Holly Park Appeal

by The Big Holly Park Appeal in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd April 2020 we successfully raised £6,473 with 125 supporters in 21 days

The Big Holly Park Appeal is raising funds to transform the playground space at Holly Park Primary School.

by The Big Holly Park Appeal in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow! We're so thrilled to have made it to our target of £5,000 – thanks *so* much to everyone who has donated so far. 

This crowdfunding campaign is part of the wider Big Holly Park Appeal, which aims to raise £40,000 in the current academic year to cover the full costs of the playground works planned for summer 2020. 

If we exceed our online target of £5,000, any additional funds raised will be put towards this overall Big Holly Park Appeal target. Thank you so much for your support!


We need your help to raise £5,000 towards transforming the playground space at Holly Park School. 

The Big Holly Park Appeal is raising funds for improvements to the school playground to be carried out in summer 2020. Aimed at creating a happier, healthier and safer Holly Park, the works will include:

• Reducing the staff car park and opening this space to children, creating 450 square metres of new playground
• Opening new and existing entrances/exits from the junior building onto this new playground space, reducing congestion inside and improving emergency exit provision
• Renovations to the infant playground to improve safety
• Decorating the new junior playground with designs by Holly Park pupils
• Major tarmac works to improve safety in the new playground.          

Why do we need your help?

With rising costs and pupil numbers taken into account, schools in England are £2 billion poorer than they were in 2015. Like most maintained schools across the UK, Holly Park School has faced real-term reductions to budgets over the past five years, with funds for maintenance of school fabric particularly affected. Today the school’s annual budget for repair and upkeep stands at just £10,000 – a drop of more than 85% compared with five years ago. The Big Holly Park Appeal brings together the efforts of the school's Parent-Teacher Association, Governing Body and Special Fund to help meet the funding shortfall. Over the course of the current academic year, this year's appeal is aiming to raise £40,000 to cover the expected cost of the playground works.

Playground crowdfunding campaign

As part of this wider appeal, during the run-up to the Easter holidays we are running a three-week online crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising £5,000 towards the planned playground improvements. Thanks to the generosity of local estate agent Austin Chambers as our principal campaign supporter, every £1 donated online during the appeal will be doubled up to the level of our target. This means that the campaign could be worth £10,000 to the school.

If you are a UK taxpayer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation, further increasing the value of your gift.   

We'd be so grateful if you could help us with a donation to our appeal, and help us spread the word by sharing our campaign video online (follow the link above to our Facebook page). Thank you so much for your support - we couldn't do it without you!

If you have any queries about this appeal, please send an email to hollyparkspecialfund@gmail.com. Please visit the Holly Park Big Holly Park Appeal  for more details about the wider Big Holly Park Appeal which this campaign supports.

A word of thanks to our principal campaign supporter... 

We are especially grateful to Austin Chambers for supporting this campaign. As a longstanding partner of the school, Austin Chambers has served the parents and alumni of Holly Park School for over 40 years, and we're thrilled that through the company's generosity we are able to double the impact of this campaign. 

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