Staff from a flood-ravaged Sea Life Sanctuary have been busy while the attraction is refurbished – by putting a smile on children’s faces.
With the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary closed for reconstruction following the tidal flooding last December, community-minded staff have been building a new play area at the Churchill Park Complex Needs School in Lynn.
They joined forces with the sanctuary’s parent company Merlin to create the unique play area, which will be officially opened on Friday.
Funded by Merlin’s own charity Magic Wand, the area is designed to bring much needed joy into the lives of the school’s special needs children, aged three to 19, and is partly themed on the Hunstanton sanctuary.
Features include a role-play area, a rotating ‘rattle wheel’, a water play area, two sand-pits, a paint wall and a ‘troll’ bridge.
Merlin’s project manager Angela Rudd said: “I was very proud and honoured to be asked to build this project and be given this opportunity to create memorable experiences for the children.
“Despite being closed since December when the Sea Life Sanctuary suffered severe flooding, we have still been able to reach out into our local community and touch the lives of our local children.”
Churchill Park currently provides education and facilities for 176 children and has regularly visited the Hunstanton sanctuary since it opened.
Elaine Peveritt, the school’s business manager, said: “Everyone at Churchill Park is absolutely delighted with the results of this project.
“Our friends from Sea Life have taken on board an insight into the needs of our children and young people, nothing has been too much trouble. We are genuinely overwhelmed by their generosity.”
• The Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary is now getting ready for a grand re-opening on Thursday, October 16.