14:56 Sunday 23 February 2014

£15k classroom plea for pumping site

Written byROB SMYTH

A POPULAR tourist attraction has unveiled plans to raise £15,000 in a bid to offer better education facilities.

Claymills Pumping Station, in Meadow Lane, Stretton, has issued a plea to people help raise the cash to pay for a permanent classroom to be built at the site.

Volunteers at the site have said the move would help it to continue to promote its three main priorities ‘education, education, and education’.

The desperate need for funds became more pressing after a temporary marquee used for education at the site was destroyed in the recent bad weather.

A spokesman for the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust said: “Education has become an important part of the work of the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust, especially for Key Stage 2 pupils, for members of our young engineers club and for older pupils taking part in the government’s Science Technology Engineering and Maths project.

“The Claymills Pumping Station has always suffered from a lack of education and events space and the plan was to use a marquee as a stopgap until funds could be raised for a more permanent solution.

“This has worked excellently until recently when the marquee was totally destroyed in a gale.

“The proposed new classroom is, therefore, required urgently so that we can continue to run education and children’s steaming events.

“The trust is, therefore, appealing to its supporters to help it to continue with its important educational work by managing to raise enough money to build and equip a new classroom.”

Money can be donated to writing to the Classroom Appeal, Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, DE13 0DA

Donations can also be marked via PayPal by heading online to www.claymills.org.uk

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