PUPILS from Dee Banks Special School are desperate for their own play equipment.
The school has been without an out-side play area for nearly three years and teachers at the school say a lack of facilities is having an effect on the pupils' behaviour.
The school caters for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. It did have equipment in the past but this had to be condemned in 2004 due to health and safety issues.
Phyl Blank, a teacher in the senior unit at the school, said: 'There has been an increase in challenging behaviour because the children are bored and have less to do in the playground. Having the facilities available also helps them to learn life skills like sharing and interaction.
'The quotes we have had for the equipment are around £30,000 and we want to raise the money as soon as possible - a special school should have special equipment.
'We have a number of fundraising events planned in the run-up to Christmas and have been adopted by Pat Wild at the Grosvenor Arms in Handbridge next year but we would welcome sponsorship and advice from any source.'
* To help the school with the project contact Phyl Blank or headteacher Ray Elliot on 01244 324012.