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School is more visible thanks to double donation

A school in Church Gresley is able to take its pupils on class trips and excursions thanks to a donation from a Derbyshire social enterprise company.

Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School, near Swadlincote, were given 100 childrens’ high visibility jackets – complete with school logo – to make it easier to manage groups of children during school trips.

The donation came from Futures Greenscape, a social enterprise company that specialises in grounds maintenance across the midlands.

The school also received a cheque for £618 from a fundraising effort organised by two mums and an auntie of children who go to the school.

Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School Headteacher Louise Mansell said: “The donation invaluable to us at Church Gresley Infant and Nursery School and we are all extremely grateful to Futures.

“When going out on visits, the children will now be clearly visible to the staff and helpers and will also be clearly seen by approaching traffic when walking on the pavements. “

Having helped out on a school trip earlier in the year, auntie of one of the children, Claire Howard, identified that the school had a need for the hi-vis jackets.

She said: “I had helped out during a school trip to the zoo, not being familiar with all the children it occurred to me that hi-vis waistcoats would have helped identify the children more easily and keep them safe.

“As the school summer fair wasn’t going ahead due to a lack of volunteers, we decided to raise money on their behalf with a similar event to be able to buy the hi-vis waistcoats. We rallied support from businesses and local people to secure raffle prizes and donations for tombola, enthusiasm and kindness from local businesses was overwhelming.

“It was at this point that we got in touch with Futures Greenscape, who kindly offered to buy the waistcoats for us, leaving us to donate all the money we raised directly to the school.”

Kevin Boocock, Grounds Maintenance Company Manager at Futures Greenscape, said: “Claire contacted Futures Greenscape to see if we could help their fundraising event in any way and I just felt that this was a great opportunity to get involved with the local community.

“By donating the waistcoats, the school can use the other money that was raised to do even more for the children of the school.”

The cheque and the hi-vis jackets were presented to the school during an assembly.

As a social enterprise company, Futures Greenscape employs local people on permanent and temporary contracts, helping them to learn new skills, start their careers or get them back into work.

Futures Greenscape is a part of Futures Housing Group, a social landlord that provides around 9,000 affordable homes across the East Midlands.

  • Last updated: 13/10/2015