Firefighters bring a little joy to local youngsters by building a mud kitchen!


Release date: 25 May 2017

As part of Shoreham Fire Station’s Make A Difference initiative, this month the crew has been working with Herons Dale Primary School to add a little extra excitement to their outside play area.  

Firefighters built and delivered a custom-fitted mud kitchen to Herons Dale’s Banana Class this week, much to the delight of the Reception children.  

Anastasia O'Donoghue, Herons Dale Primary Teacher, said: “To have a crew of smiling firefighters enter the playground made Banana class’s day, but when they brought in a bespoke mud kitchen excitement levels reached a high and loud level!

“The mud kitchen is a resource that enriches our outdoor learning space. It allows exploration through imagination and experimentation, while providing the children with the opportunity to work alongside each other developing communication, social and play skills.

“To have the firefighters of Shoreham make this wonderful resource for us, deliver it and embrace us as part of their community was a very special thing. It has also made us the envy of our other playgrounds!”

Watch Manager at Shoreham Fire Station, Chris Bowles, added: “The teachers at Herons Dale do an amazing job, and we are delighted to be able to provide any resource that can enhance the children’s learning and development. The class’s reaction to their mud kitchen was fantastic! We look forward to working with Herons Dale for a long time to come. We would like to say a big thank you to Mayberry Garden Centre who kindly donated the pallets to build the kitchen.”

Herons Dale is a generic special needs primary school that caters to the needs of children with a wide range of special education needs and disabilities. They are a small but mighty school full of inspiring, incredible children.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.

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