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Fundraiser launched for refurbishment of Grantham school food technology room




A fundraiser has been launched by the Friends of Sandon and Ambergate (FOSA) to refurbish the food technology room shared by Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College.

Modernising the room, which will cost around £17,500, will allow the pupils to learn valuable life skills. The money needed for this refurbishment is being raised by FOSA, the official fundraisers for Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF).

The current food tech room is well over 10 years old and is in desperate need of an overhaul to bring it up to date, with many of the electrical appliances either broken or not meeting current legislation.

The GANF hospitality group using the current food technology facilities (37771892)
The GANF hospitality group using the current food technology facilities (37771892)

Pupils who attend Sandon and Ambergate are aged between 3 and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.

Katie Bennington, chair of FOSA, said: "The Food Tech room is so old and out of date, and it has been used as a classroom as well as a food tech room.

"We want to completely modernise and bring it up to high standard to meet the rest of the building.

The GANF hospitality group using the current food technology facilities (37771898)
The GANF hospitality group using the current food technology facilities (37771898)

"We pride ourselves in teaching all the pupils not only educational values but valuable life skills to use during and after school life. These life skills include cooking.

"At present the room is used as a part food tech and part class room.

"We want to have it purely as a food tech room so it can be shared amongst both schools both Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College (it will run on a timetable) so that all pupils can access it all week long.

"It will hold seven individual work stations, with storage, preparation area, cooker with hob and oven and a sink, so that at any one time seven small teams can be taught to cook/prepare/serve food along with learning food hygiene and general kitchen housekeeping duties, these skills will enhance their independence.

"The total refit will cost around £17,500. FOSA are raising the money for this project and have already raised £6,000. Due to the current climate we have been unable to hold any fundraising events since March so we thought a crowdfunding page may help our cause."

To donate to the fundraiser, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/food-tech-refurb-education-for-all

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