Golfers who turned up to take a putt for charity have raised £1,500 for St Nicholas School in Chippenham.

Sixty golfers entered a weekend tournament at Chippenham Golf Club and the final amount raised was added to by an anonymous donor.

The event, organised by the Chippenham Lions, will help children aged four to 19 with severe or complex learning difficulties at St Nicholas School. It has just completed work for its hydrotherapy pool and the money will go towards a new adventure playground.

Headteacher Jill Owen said the playground needed to suit pupils with different ages and different needs. Although the school only has a small outdoor site, Mrs Owen said she wanted to make it exciting for youngsters to play in.

She said: “The Lions are great supporters of the school.

“We have children with autism who need to be active and run about, but we also have more fragile children who need a nice sensory space to play in.”

Lions Club member Derrek Angel, who managed the event, thanked its sponsors, including opticians Brignall and Partners, Invensys Rail, The Local Salt Man Ltd, and Phillips Car Bodywork, Yatton Keynell.

Mr Angel said: “The St Nicholas School is a great charity. We’ve been supporting them for almost 35 years.”