Saturday, 25 November 2017

Every little really does help

Every little really does help

A SUPERMARKET is to donate £30,000 to outdoor projects in Henley and Stoke Row.

Badgemore and Sacred Heart primary schools in Henley and Stoke Row Parish Council will share the money from Tesco in Henley.

It is part of the company’s “Bags of Help” scheme where customers drop a token in a donation box at the Reading Road store for one of three worthy causes.

The organisation with the most tokens by November 14 will receive £12,000 towards their project while the other two will receive either £10,000 or £8,000 depending on which has the most tokens.

Store manager Simon Warren said: “I am absolutely thrilled that from today our customers can vote to decide where the £30,000 grant is split and the best bit is that all three recipients are local to Henley.

“What better way for Tesco to be supporting Henley? Each one of these organisations and projects is really worthwhile and each one of them is a true winner.”

This year the company will award a total of £20 million to thousands of outdoor projects across the country as part of the scheme, which is funded by the sale of carrier bags.

Badgemore Primary School, off Hop Gardens, will use its grant to start a beekeeping project, working with the South Chiltern Beekeepers Association.

Governor Tuc Ahmad said: “The money will pay for training for pupils and staff. We’re a Forest school and really keen to use outdoor learning to promote and create more interest in the environment.

“We have other things too. A fruit tree orchard will be going in next month and we have large raised flowerbeds. I want to encourage community involvement so people come in to help grow and harvest stuff.”

Sacred Heart Primary School, off Vicarage Road, will use the money for a sensory learning space and outdoor classroom.

Parent-governor Kirsty Grant, from Harpsden, whose children, William, 10, and daughter Olivia, seven, are pupils, said: “We have an unused outdoor space we want to transform.

“We want to install sensory equipment there for our special educational needs children while creating an outdoor learning space for all the children.

“We are going to become a Forest school and the plan is a really exciting potential use of the land. We’re in a residential area so we’re working hard to make the most of the space.”

Stoke Row Parish Council will use its grant to provide a sports area next to the new £48,000 play area at Cherry Orchard, off Cox’s Lane.

Councillor Catherine Hale said: “It’s a development of the playground project by extending the amenity to provide something for older children.”

Other organisations can apply for funding from the Tesco scheme, with grants being made monthly. Previously it ran only twice a year.

In future, the size of the grants will be £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000.

Ali Simmons, community champion at the Henley store, said: “I would strongly encourage any community groups trying to improve green or outdoor spaces to apply.”

For more information, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp 

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