School donation delight after arsonists attack

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Bilsborrow John Cross CE Primary School receive 10,000 Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury's in Garstang
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Bilsborrow John Cross CE Primary School receive 10,000 Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury's in Garstang

PLAYTIME is about to get a lot more fun for youngsters at Bilsborrow John Cross CE Primary School after a kind donation by local superstore bosses.

Pupils at the school were left devastated when arsonists twice targeted the school on Garstang Road in February, destroying a shed with play equipment and a woodland area.

After learning of the incident through a parent and an appeal in the Courier, the team at Sainsbury’s in Garstang contacted head bosses to see if they could help.

This week they presented delighted children with 10,000 worth of Sainsbury’s school vouchers to replace the toys and treat themselves to new ones.

Teacher Cathy Wigley said the staff had been overwhelmed by the donation and couldn’t wait to order the new equipment.

She said: “We were delighted when we heard Sainsbury’s were able to contribute, it is such a kind donation and so exciting for the children.

“The staff have had a good time having a look to see the new kit we can buy. We can replace the old toys but will be able to invest in some larger equipment for the pupils as well.”

Garstang store manager Stuart Butters said: “Bilsborrow is a small local school working with limited resources and when we heard (about the arson incident) we wanted to help.

“We try to keep good links with all the schools and so it fit perfectly.”

Deputy manager Elizabeth Long said: “We applied to our head office and they came back saying we could offer 10,000.

“With a school of just 30 pupils it would be very difficult to ever collect that sort of amount, so we’re really pleased the pupils will be able to treat themselves.”