A school for children with complex needs is to receive a £15,000 grant for an outdoor sensory learning area.
Lynn’s Churchill Park School hopes to see the scheme completed next spring thanks to the Merlin’s Magic Wand charity, which is linked to the Sea Life Centre at Hunstanton.
Deputy headteacher Joe Creswick said: “The outdoor sensory learning environment will be designed with specialist help and will have a sealife theme. It’s a really brilliant opportunity for us.”
The area will have a pirate ship section, a sandpit and “rockpool” where pupils will be able to handle model starfish and crabs, a sensory garden and a water play area. Everything will be accessible for wheelchairs users.
Pupils from the school, which is on the Fairstead estate, are already regular visitors to the Sea Life Centre.
Merlin’s Magic Wand was founded by the Merlin Entertainment Group to put magic into the lives of children who are seriously ill or disabled.
The charity arranges days out or provides sensory facilities for youngsters with more profound conditions who cannot go on outings.
Angela Rudd, the sanctuary’s charity champion, said the centre had been fortunate to receive a £15,000 grant from the Take the Magic to the Children scheme.
The move followed a successful ‘spend a penny, spare a penny’ initiative to encourage patrons to spare a penny for a sick child when they were having fun at the centre
She said: “It has now been rolled out through Merlin attractions worldwide.”