School lands £4,000 from Tesco scheme

Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School scooped the top grant after the Tesco Bags of Help scheme vote.
Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School scooped the top grant after the Tesco Bags of Help scheme vote.

Holme on Spalding Moor Primary has bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

The primary school’s project finished in first place after the latest round of voting by the Market Weighton supermarket’s customers to land the grant award.

The school has a dis-used quadrant in the centre of the building that it is hoping to develop into a peace garden.

The new peace garden will be an engaging environment, rich with plants and attractive to insects, birds and other wildlife.

The area will also be educational, teaching children about life processes and plant species.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Headteacher Steve Woodhouse said: “Our children have asked us to develop a peace garden where they can both enjoy and learn about the environment.

“The space will also be used by our many intergenerational community volunteers who come into school to support our children.

“At the moment, the quadrangle is just a concrete area with weeds and little else.

“It doesn’t attract wildlife and it certainly doesn’t appeal to our young people.

“Thanks to the many people who have voted for us we can now start to make a real difference.”

Mr Woodhouse believes the area could also have a wider impact on wellbeing.

He said: “The project will certainly enhance our school environment and will provide a place for children and adults to reflect, feel calm and talk to each other about some of their issues.”

Mollie, aged 10, said: “Thank you to all the shoppers who’ve voted for HOSM School.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the exciting upgrades.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s head of community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.

“It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.

“We can’t wait to see the project come to life.”

Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.

“The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area.

“We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop.

Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.