Forest Bridge School, in Maidenhead, recently put in an application to the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF) for the funding to buy a heavy duty outdoor table-tennis table.
Forest Bridge School is a Special Free School for children and young people with a primary diagnosis of autism. Opened in September 2015, it caters for pupils between the ages of 4 and 13 years. When the school is full, in the school year 2018-19, it will cater for a maximum of 96 pupils between the ages of 4 and 16 years.
The older pupils had expressed a wish to have a table-tennis table for use as part of their outdoor activities and so Jane Balmer, who is the Chair of 'The Friends of Forest Bridge School,' approached the BMCF to see if they could help. The BMCF was delighted to help with the funding and gave a donation of £1,000 towards the cost and installation of the table.
Jane said: "We at the school would like to thank Bucks Freemasons for their very generous donation. The table is now in place and the children make great use of it whenever they can."
Barry Sparks, a member of the BMCF committee who went along to meet Jane and see the table in place added: "It was rather wet when we arrived, but as we stood to take some photos, the heavens really opened! The school is truly inspirational, and I felt very privileged to meet some of the staff and students. I am extremely pleased that the BMCF was able to help the school."
The picture shows Jane and Barry sheltering from the downpour as Reece and Maximillion show their talents on the table.