The Big Holly Park Appeal 2020

Can you help us transform the playground space at Holly Park? The Holly Park Appeals Committee is raising funds for improvements to the school playground.

See our video on the launch of the appeal.

Aimed at creating a happier, healthier and safer Holly Park, the works will include:

  • Removing the car park running alongside the side of the junior school building and opening this space to children, creating approx. 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.

Chokhmah’s 11th Birthday Run for Holly Park School

Y6 pupil Chokhmah has been doing a 5K run every day for ten days and on the 11th day (his birthday) he ran 10K. Chokhmah did this to raise money for Holly Park playground as a thank you for the time he has had at the school and because he developed his love of competitive running at Holly Park. Thank you to Chokhmah who raised over £1,000 for the playground.

As most of you will be aware, we had some fantastic news just before we came back from the Easter break when the crowdfunding deadline passed for the Big Appeal for a playground extension at Holly Park Primary School, and we found that thanks to the generosity of our parents and friends we had sailed past the initial £5,000 target, eventually ending up at a total of £6,473. With Gift Aid to be added to this figure, we anticipate that this stage of our wider fundraising plan will have yielded over £8,500.

Combined with the incredible support of local estate agent Austin Chambers and contributions from the Parent Teacher Association, this takes us over three-quarters of the way towards our overall target of £40,000. 

We are very hopeful that further fundraising efforts over the coming months will close this remaining gap and allow us to deliver this ambitious project. I am very grateful to the work of the Fundraising Committee which includes members of the PTA, the Governing Body and school staff. We were anxious, it’s fair to say, about whether to run the appeal at precisely the time when schools were closed, but we are so thrilled by the outcome. The comments that some of you left on the website left us in no doubt that your generosity was based on a shared spirit of ‘community’, and the Holly Park community has come together in these momentous moments in ways we could hardly have imagined, all inspired by the single aim of delivering the best possible continuity of care for both this current generation of Holly Parkers and the ones to come.

As you can imagine, we cannot be certain about what the timetable for the works will now be, but the Committee remains optimistic that the works could take place over the summer. I will keep you posted about this.   But, for now, simply: ‘thank you!’

John Harte – chair of the Fundraising Committee

How can you help?

Employer match-funding schemes

Many larger companies offer match-funding schemes whereby the employer matches donations made to registered charities by their employees.  Does your employer operate this kind of scheme? Would you consider using it to make a match-funded gift to the school?

Links to local businesses

We are looking for local businesses who might support the Appeal. Do you have connections to a business in the area that might be interested in helping a local community school?

Get in touch

If you would like to get in touch about supporting the Big Holly Park Appeal, or have questions about the campaign, please contact John Harte on

Thanks in advance for your support!

We had lots of imaginative ideas for our playground designs. Here are some of them: