Lottery boost for youngster adventures

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PUPILS battling complex learning disabilities are enjoying the chance to learn more about the great outdoors thanks to a new grant.

The youngsters at New Greenhall School in Atherton, are now able to take part in a wide range of open-air activities and games after being named as the beneficiaries of a £10,000 handout from the Big Lottery Fund.

Specialist company Nature’s Den has now started visiting the Green Hall Close site each week to teach the youngsters skills including campfire and shelter building, woodcraft and outdoor cooking.

The pupils will also learn about wildlife and get to enjoy some outdoor games and sensory story telling, while the school is planning a weekend camp for the young people and their families.

New Greenhall headteacher Liz Loftus said: “This funding is a great opportunity to provide outdoor experiences that would otherwise not be accessible to many of our children because of their complex needs.

“We are looking forward to working with Nature’s Den to deliver a fantastic programme of activities.”

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded nearly £6bn to community-based projects and organisations working with people in need since its inception in 2004.