SHOPPERS were today praised for doing their town proud in an annual competition to help schools.
Receipts from Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre have been turned into prizes in the Hartlepool Mail-backed Shop for Schools contest.
More than £6,000 worth of goods – ranging from activity kits to digital cameras – will be shared between the 26 participating schools shortly.
Suzanne Chaney, the shopping centre’s marketing and retail liaison manager, said: “We would like to give a very big thank you to everyone who joined in with Shop for Schools this year.
“Your dedication to the scheme meant your local schools will win bigger and better prizes.
“Last year 209,000 points were redeemed, this year there was a staggering 418,450 points. That’s more than double.”
Receipts were stamped and returned at the shopping centre’s information stand with points vouchers at a rate of one per pound spent.
This increased to two on Sundays and three on bank holiday Mondays.
The Mail also helped readers by printing a series of 50-point bonus vouchers.
Nearly 1,600 of these tokens were cut out and used to swell the final totals.
Ms Chaney: “I would like to thank the Mail for their support. The number of vouchers cut out shows how much the paper means to our shoppers.”
Our table below shows Hartlepool’s Ward Jackson Primary School finishing more than 10,000 points ahead of the town’s St Aidan’s School in second place.
But the final totals will be adjusted to take into account school rolls so that smaller participants do not suffer unfairly.
Ms Chaney also praised traders within the centre for encouraging shoppers to have their receipts stamped.
The three shops with the most receipts handed in were Iceland, Home Bargains and M&S.