A special needs school in St Paul's Cray has received a much-needed donation to help transform its outdoor play area.

Staff at Riverside School, which offers support to children and young people with a range of complex needs, received a cheque for £2,000 from housing developer Bellway Thames Gateway to help refurbish the school's playground.

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Bellway staff had raised £1,000 through auctions and raffles with their employer matching their efforts with an extra £1,000.

School business manager at Riverside School, Sue Crane, said the school was "grateful" for the donation and that the money will go a long way to help make the school a more fun environment for the kids.

"The money will help to fund brand new equipment for our outdoor learning area, which will be extremely beneficial to the children.

"The children love learning in the outdoor environment, and they are already looking forward to using the new equipment when the refurbishment is complete," she said.

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Sales director for Bellway Thames Gateway, Emma Hamlett, said: "We are so pleased to be able to help kickstart the refurbishment of the school’s new playground facilities.

"At Bellway, we are committed to support the communities in which we build, so when we found out that Riverside School was in need of a funding boost, we were delighted to help."