Help schools by sav­ing pen­nies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By NICK REINIS

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.

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