Supermarket staff help Ss Osmund and Andrew's kids build sandpit

Reclaiming spring bulbs are Holly Hardy, aged 11, Harry Jones, aged 10 and team leader Selena Taylor

Reclaiming spring bulbs are Holly Hardy, aged 11, Harry Jones, aged 10 and team leader Selena Taylor Buy this photo

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YOUNGSTERS were given a helping hand by supermarket workers to build a sandpit and picnic area at their school.

Sixteen staff from The Co-operative’s food stores in Bolton spent the day painting, building and gardening at SS Osmund and Andrew’s Primary School, helping to complete an outdoor sandpit, picnic area and a stage for the pupils.

In addition, members of the community made donations in-store which enabled the team to buy a worm bin for the school.

The school in Breightmet, was one of three Bolton groups to win the Co-operative’s community challenge, meaning it was awarded an eight-strong community squad to complete projects to benefit the local area and £200 towards materials.

Emma Bonfiglio, a reception teacher at the school, said: “We are delighted with the support from The Co-operative.

“I was so surprised to have won the competition and delighted at the results — it really has helped and made such a big difference.

“The school is continually exploring ways for our children to learn outside the classroom in fun, creative and engaging ways.”

Janet Green, manager of The Co-operative food store in Breightmet, said: “It was hard work but great fun too and very rewarding.

“The competition really brought to life how co-operation and working together can bring about the changes that people would like to see in their communities.”

The initiative forms part of The Co-operative’s employee volunteering scheme, which gives staff a chance to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.

It involved staff from 11 Co-operative food stores across Bolton.

The two other winners of the competition, who will also receive a visit from The Co-operative’s community hit squad and £200 towards materials, were Bromley Cross Village Hall and The Friends of Westhoughton Station.

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