Youngsters celebrate the arrival of new computers

Landlord of the Ferguson Fawsitt Kevin Robinson with pupils from Walkington School.
Landlord of the Ferguson Fawsitt Kevin Robinson with pupils from Walkington School.

Pupils at Walkington Primary School are celebrating the arrival of 30 new computers thanks to the fundraising efforts of their parents and the landlord of the local pub.

The school felt the computers were needed to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and asked the Friends of Walkington School for help reaching the £10,000 fundraising target.

Joy Evison, chair of the group, said: “We are constantly raising funds for the school and regularly hold our meetings in the Ferguson Fawsitt.

“When the new landlord Kevin Robinson heard what we were trying to do he said the pub was part of the William Jackson Food Group in Hull and said he could ask its charity committee for help.

“Jackson’s said they would give us £5,000 if we could match it so we really made a push on our fundraising and reached just over the £5,000 mark in the year which was fantastic.

“Our fundraising efforts will be continuing and to support this Jackson’s are also going to give us £1,000 in support for the next three years.”

Landlord Kevin added: “We’re part of a family business which has really strong values and links in its local communities and we genuinely believe a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it so I am absolutely thrilled to be able to help the school which is at the heart of our community here in Walkington.”

Walkington School headteacher Chris Bullough thanked the fundraisers for their hard work. He said: “Every class now has a timetabled session in the computer suite each week, therefore each child has already benefitted from the improvements.

“The new computers are the first step in a phased improvement of the school’s ICT equipment.”