Shop for Schools: Hartlepool shopping centre launches scheme to help learners

Suzanne Chaney Retail executive Middleton Grange shopping centre at the launch of the 2015 Shop for Schools. Picture by FRANK REID
Suzanne Chaney Retail executive Middleton Grange shopping centre at the launch of the 2015 Shop for Schools. Picture by FRANK REID

A scheme to help schools in Hartlepool claim thousands of pounds of free equipment is back.

Shop for Schools, run by Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, launched again for another year yesterday.

The initiative sees money spent in any store in the shopping centre, converted into points for shoppers’ chosen school or nursery taking part.

At the end of the Mail-backed drive, they are turned into vouchers which the schools can use to choose from a variety of great new equipment.

This year, Shop for Schools runs from September 14 until January 31.

Shopping centre bosses moved the date to later in the year in a bid to make it even more successful.

Middleton Grange retail executive Suzanne Chaney said: “When we ran it over the summer there was half term and the six weeks holidays which meant the schools were not able to promote it as much and our footfall in the centre is not was high.

“Hopefully, we will get more people spending in the centre which means more points for the schools.

“There are various prizes from digital cameras and televisions to telescopes and sports kits.”

Twenty-one schools and two nurseries have registered to take part this year.

It is easy to help your chosen school.

Just take along your receipt for anything purchased in Middleton Grange to its customer service desk.

Staff will give you tokens matching the money spent and stamp your receipt before returning it to you.

Then just post your tokens through the post box for your chosen school or nursery.

Staff collect them at the end of every day and regular updates with a league table will be printed in the Mail along with bonus point tokens on selected days.

Every pound spent in the shopping centre on a Sunday is worth double points and triple on bank holidays.

Schools are given an overall point score calculated by dividing them by the number of pupils to ensure fairness regardless of size.