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Charity play area in Fulham

Client: Ray's Playhouse Charity

Cost: £51,000

Date: 01/03/2014

Genre: Community, Inclusive, landscape

Ray's Playhouse opens Inclusive play area

Fulham based Ray’s Playhouse has opened its new inclusive play area.

The charity was formed in 2012 following a high-profile campaign led by parents to save the much-loved Sands End Playhouse, which had been operating for over thirty years.

Ray's Playhouse Inclusive Play AreaThe Playhouse is situated in the heart of Sands End and provides a much-needed, stimulating environment for local parents and carers to take their children.

Staff at the Playhouse raised £51,000 to create an exciting new playground that enables children of all abilities to play side-by-side.

Sutcliffe Play worked with Ray’s Playhouse to create an inclusive natural playground that is designed to stimulate children’s senses using innovative sand play solutions.

Andrew Love from Sutcliffe Play says: “The sand play unit allows children to play together in different ways. They can climb and sit, or use the pulley system and sieve to move sand up and down.

“We’ve also installed one of Sutcliffe Play’s most inclusive items, the dish roundabout.  This rotating dish can be used for very fast, dynamic play. The rocking and rotating motion combined with the body support and security given by the dish shape, make it accessible to all.”

Margaret Ambrose, at Ray’s Playhouse says: “We decided to work with Sutcliffe Play as their equipment offered great play value plus innovative design, with a tailored approach to our project.

“We are absolutely delighted with the playground. Reaction from children, parents and carers has been great, everyone loves it and we believe it will have a long-lasting positive impact on the community for many years to come.”

Ray’s Playhouse has so far raised the £51,000 to build the new playground through community fundraising including pub quizzes and a Christmas fair, donations and grants from Woodford Solicitors, Prestige Cars and Couriers, Bender Family Trust, John Lyon’s Charity, Garfield Weston and The Clothworkers Foundation.Ray's Playhouse Inclusive Play Area

The Playhouse is currently raising money for the second phase of the playground which will include innovative water play equipment.

Playground Equipment:

K&K Trawler Multi-Play Unit

This exciting play unit for children aged 3 and above encourages social and physical play.

K&K Combination Sandworks Unit

Playing with water and sand is irresistible to children, and this unit encourages creative, cooperative play as children work together to build and experiment with the sand.

Inclusive Large Dish Roundabout

One of Sutcliffe Play’s most inclusive items, this rotating dish can be used for fast, dynamic play. The rocking and rotating motion, along with the body support and security provided by the dish shape, make this piece of play equipment accessible to all. The angle of the dish and its height make side transfer possible and minimise the lifting required by helpers.

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