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Out of Eden backs new classroom appeal as local school urgently campaigns for donors

OutOfEden_Group01[K]irkby Stephen based hospitality supply business Out of Eden has donated a significant amount to the town primary school’s new classroom appeal.

Kirkby Stephen Primary School is urgently campaigning for £50,000 from donors to help fund its new classroom project due to unprecedented demand from local children. Cumbria County Council were unable to financially support the development and so an appeal was launched.

It is estimated that the new classroom area will cost approximately £100,000 with the school having already pledged £50,000 from its own budget. The new classroom is being proposed to help manage the rapidly increasing numbers of pupils applying to attend the school – 44 new Foundation pupils are due to start the school in September.

The appeal has raised £18,000 so far but with a further £32,000 still to raise the school is calling on the local community to help out in any way they can. Local people have already organised a range of fun fundraising events around the town in a bid to back the build.

Over 50 people will partake in a sponsored abseil down the town’s church clock tower on 20th May in aid of the cause. The school has also offered parents and local business owners the chance to buy a brick for £1 each as well as encouraging its pupils to take part in the Upper Eden Rotary Club Yomp on 4th June – a Summer Ball at the Castle Green in Kendal and a charity race night are also among the fundraising plans.

Mike Gannon, Managing Director at Out of Eden, said: “We’re pleased to be able to help out the school, it’s a cornerstone of the community here in Kirkby Stephen and many of our staff have children who attend so it’s a cause that is close to many of our hearts.

“We always try our best to support local causes and give back where we can to the community so we’re really glad to be able to help out with the new classroom.”

Lynne Wade, Headteacher at Kirkby Stephen Primary School, added: “The help we’ve received from the team at Out of Eden is absolutely amazing and we just can’t thank them enough. It’s such an important cause, we pride ourselves on giving local children the best start in life but the amount of applications for places at the school has increased hugely and we wanted to offer everyone a place in September.”

Out of Eden is a hospitality trade supply company, with clients ranging from the biggest players in the hotel market to: self-catering cottages, cruise liners, B&B’s, restaurants, offices, universities and even the military. As Upper Eden’s largest employer, it is fiercely proud of its family run Cumbrian roots and commitment to ethical business practices.

To find out more, please visit or Anyone wishing to donate to the appeal should contact the school and ask to speak Headteacher Lynne Wade.

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