Help schools by saving pennies
PRIMARY schoolchildren are to benefit from a community scheme organised by their local foodstore.
Customers of the Co-operative Foodstore in Ortongate Shopping Centre, are being encouraged to help the supermarket raise money for three primary schools.
The store has launched its Pick Up A Penny campaign, where a penny will be donated to the schools for every till receipt handed in by customers to the store.
The money will be equally split between St John’s Church School, Winyates Primary School and Matley Primary School.
Store manager Richard Hubbard said: “Pick Up A Penny has been running for many years and has always been a huge success.
“Working to support the community is something we believe very strongly in and I am thrilled that we are launching the scheme again.
“It is such a simple, yet effective, way for the store to get involved and help their local community.”
The news has been met with delight by the three schools including Joanne Tomlins, the assistant headteacher at Winyates Primary School, in Winyates, Orton Goldhay.
She said: “We are glad to be part of a scheme that involves our parents and the wider community to raise money for our local schools.
“We were donated money from the scheme last year and we were very grateful for the contribution. This year the money will be used towards playground equipment.”
Meanwhile, Shirley Stapleton, acting headteacher at Matley Primary School, in Matley, Orton Brimbles, said: “It’s a lovely idea.
“I know that last year was the first time that they put us forward as partners for this and we got a really good response.
“A penny doesn’t sound a lot but it all adds up and it’s lovely thing for them to do for us again.”
Business and innovation manager at St John’s Primary School, in Riseholme, Orton Goldhay, Simon Hollingsworth added: “We were part of this last year and we thought it was excellent.
“They are always very supportive and I can’t praise them enough.”
CHARITY: Staff at the Co-operative foodstore who have started the Pick Up A Penny scheme.