Pupils at a school are fundraising to get a community garden installed at a Bolton doctors surgery. 

The children, from Bolton University Collegiate School (UCS) on Deane Road, are aiming to get the facility put in place at the Pikes Lane Centre, which houses multiple doctors surgeries. 

The installation will be a "sensory garden", providing a peaceful and safe environment for visitors to be in. 

The garden will be designed to stimulate the senses, allowing visitors to connect with nature and become more aware of their surroundings, which will promote mindfulness. 

On Friday, June 7, pupils from the UCS Charity Club held a donut sale at the school to raise money for the garden. 

Pupils raised £150, which was matched by local company NetWeaver, making £300 in total. 

Headteacher James Inman said: "We want to create really good links with the community. 

Children at UCS fundraising for the community gardenChildren at UCS fundraising for the community garden (Image: UCS)

"With this, our young people wanted to give something back. What was great was all the young people got together, got some donuts and said to everyone to get together at breaktime and go and buy one. 

"All the money is going to the garden. 

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"Our values are about being professional, responsible and loyal. The way they are progressing in school, everything we do is around those values, they are important to us." 

He added: "It will be a good space in which to reflect, and when they're in school later on, it is something they feel proud about. 

"A big aim of ours is supporting young people from early years into employment. We have good links to businesses, working locally and nationally with 45 different businesses trying to create ambition for young people. 

"Some say young people these days aren't positive, but this is something positive, doing something where they feel they belong and getting involved." 

Zohra Zaheer, employer engagement lead at UCS, added: "When going to the doctors you can come out and you are not feeling too great. 

"But when you see something like that, a nice area where you can have a sit down for five minutes, it can make a difference to someone's wellbeing."