Amnesty International use Summerleaze Quarry for new film Backdrop

Summerleaze hires quarry to Amnesty International with the proceeds donated to Thames Valley Adventure Playground 

Summerleaze’s Maidenhead quarry has provided the dramatic backdrop for Amnesty International’s latest viral video, which aims to tackle misconceptions around migration. The location, in Summerleaze Road,was transformed to look like a refugee detention centre in sub-Saharan Africa. The video, which goes live on 12 June, aims to get the public thinking about what the world would look like if Europeans had to migrate away from the EU to seek work or a safer life.

Summerleaze provided thelocation to Amnesty Internationalat a reduced rate of £700 and asked that the fee be donated directly to Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP) for children and adults with special needs.

Says Summerleaze Director Mike Lowe: ‘It was fascinating to see the quarry used in this way, and the very hot weather on filming day really added to the atmosphere. We had about 50 extras dressed in African clothing moving about the quarry, plus actors in roles as soldiers, imprisoned civilians and political activists.

‘The film shoot provided us with a unique opportunity to support the work of an international charity, at the same time as supporting one that’s very close to home.’

Says Nicky Hutchinson , Donations Manager for TVAP: ‘The Thames Valley Adventure Playground is delighted to have received the most generous donation of £700 via Summerleaze.  As the Playground celebrates 30 years in action, such contributions continue to play a crucial part in supporting the children and adults with special needs for whom it is such a lifeline:  last year over 13,500 visits were made, with users travelling from all across the South East of England. 

‘With annual costs of over £300,000, and as little as 5% of what is needed each year coming from local authority grants, Summerleaze can be sure that their contribution is greatly appreciated, and will be put to very good use, allowing people with all types of disability the opportunity to experience all the fun and freedom of adventure play, which most people would take for granted.’

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