Polo match day raises money for Ibstone infant school

Bucks Free Press: Polo match day raises money for infant school Polo match day raises money for infant school

THERE was a school fundraiser with a difference at the weekend, as parents and children were entertained by polo matches.

The Eastwood Polo Club in Stokenchurch hosted the day to raise money for Ibstone C of E Infant School's playground project.

The private club was created in 2012 by a group of friends who wanted to share their love of competitive polo and each year they hold a Midsummer Charity Cup.

It was held this year on Sunday and more than 450 people attended, including teachers, parents and pupils.

Polo chairman, Larry Frankum, said: "We were so pleased to support Ibstone C of E School and delighted that so many families from our local community could come and have a taste of polo in the sunshine at our club."

A great deal of money was raised which made a good start towards the £10,000 needed to resurface the school's playground.

School governor, Sarah Harman, said: "It was the first time the polo club was opened to members of the public and there were lots of people who had never seen polo before, myself included.

"They are passionate about polo and we are so grateful they opened up their club to us."

There were polo matches throughout the day with eight teams and at 2pm there was an exhibition match with Argentine professional polo players.

Miranda Perez, who's four-year-old daughter attends the school, organised the day and parents and teachers helped to make it a success.

Ibstone is a state school for ages four to seven, which has 37 pupils in attendance.

Mrs Harman added: "It is quite a unique event for a small school like ours."

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