Richmond primary seeks shoppers’ help to restore outdoor space

The space at Richmond Primary School that is in need of refurbishment.

Richmond CE Primary and Nursery School is bidding to bag a cash boost to restore an outdoor space – and is appealing to shoppers for help.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – are awarded to local community projects as part of the scheme.

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Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Richmond Primary School is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Deputy head Lucy Hodges said: “The school was originally built in the 1970’s and during that time there have been a few additions to the building but the outdoor space for the early years children has been sadly neglected.

“The staff have tried to make best use of the space over the years but it is now looking very old, grey, broken and tired and in need of a total refurbishment.

“We are well aware that to provide this costs money – lots of it – and with tightening school budgets we have very little left to use for this project and any help we can receive would be very gratefully received for the benefit of the young children.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores including Catterick throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August.

“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”