Big Yellow Self Storage of Surrey, England, donated £10,000 to Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton, England, enabling all Year 7 students to participate in a trip to Snowdonia National Park in Wales. More than 300 students took part in the outing, June 11-15, at Dolawen Outdoor Adventure Activities Centre, a campground the school purchased in 1989. They participated in abseiling, canoeing, dry-slope skiing and mountain biking, according to a source.
“We believe in supporting local communities and were, therefore, delighted to help give all Year 7 students at the Dorothy Stringer School the chance to stay at Dolawen,” said James Gibson, CEO of Big Yellow Group PLC, which operates the Surrey location. “We’re so pleased that the students had the most amazing week making new friends, learning new skills, and have returned to school more confident and ready for the next phase of their education.”
Although the school has hosted several trips to Dolawen, not all students have been able to afford the excursion. “The school’s dream has always been for every student to have the opportunity to go to Dolawen and, at last, with the help of Big Yellow Self Storage, this has become a reality,” said school headmaster Richard Bradford.
The trip allowed students to socialize outside the classroom as well as build self-confidence. “Many students have told us they have grown in confidence and are extremely grateful for the kind donation from Big Yellow Self Storage,” Bradford said. “Parents have also expressed their gratitude with many commenting that their children have had an amazing time. It has been fantastic to see the children bond and develop a sense of community over the school trip as they lived and worked together.”
Located on a working farm, Dolawen contains two dormitories with room for 24 students. It also has a large communal area and a kitchen. A separate cottage can be booked independently. Experienced instructors lead the activities and the school provides the necessary equipment.
Big Yellow Group operates 96 self-storage locations in the United Kingdom under the Big Yellow Self Storage and Armadillo Self Storage brand names, with most concentrated in Greater London. Its total portfolio comprises 5.6 million square feet.
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Dorothy Stringer School, Dolawen OAA Centre