Hopping glad at shopping centre’s gift

Students from a college in Chippenham which supports young people with special needs were left with a spring in their step, after spending a day at the world’s largest trampoline park.

More than 100 students from Poplar College visited AirHop Bristol for a day of fun, courtesy of Chippenham’s Emery Gate Shopping Centre.

Money raised from this year’s Christmas Grotto in the shopping centre allowed the students exclusive use of the 135 trampolines, to play basketball and dodgeball or just enjoy the soft landing in the foam pit.

Phil Maclean, retail marketing manager of Emery Gate Shopping Centre, said: “Rather than just hand over a cheque, we wanted to do something really special and we thought a day out at AirHop Bristol would be perfect. All too often, young people with disabilities cannot enjoy the activities that their peers take for granted”.

Staff from Eagle One, owners of Emery Gate and who have their regional office in Bristol, also went along to help out.

Sue Flavin, deputy head of Poplar College, said: “What a great day, we all had so much fun at AirHop”.


As published in Gazette and Herald on Thursday 07 April 2016, p.4