Portfield School has around 140 pupils aged between 3 and 19 years old with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other sensory & physical difficulties.
When the students themselves asked The Friends of Portfield School to raise £7,500 for Outdoor Gym Equipment, Roy Barker the Treasurer of the Friends of Portfield School wrote to Dr Bryn Barton, Charity Steward of Strumble Masonic Lodge to ask for his help. As a result of Bryn’s hard work, Strumble Masonic Lodge in Fishguard donated £500 towards the appeal and the £4000 which was added by The Grand Charity of the Masonic Province of West Wales made the students dreams a reality.
As can be seen from the picture Worshipful Brother Bryn is no stranger to the gym and he needed very little encouragement to show off his paces on the cross trainer. Also in the picture are (from left to right); Gwawr Davies, a parent of one of the students; Mrs. L Harper, Acting Head Teacher; Right Worshipful Brother Stephen Hookey, Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of West Wales and Alison Folder, Chairman of the Friends of Portfield School.
Right Worshipful Brother Stephen Hookey, Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of West Wales said:
“Freemasons in West Wales are delighted to have been able to help the Friends of Portfield School provide this excellent facility for their wonderful students."
Mrs. Harper added:
“From the moment the equipment was installed it has been a great success. The students absolutely love the outdoor gym!”
The Outdoor Gym is designed to help develop motor skills, reduce stress by releasing tension and anxiety and improve self-confidence and self-esteem. It helps the students to be physically and mentally active - fit and healthy for life!