SCHOOL pupils and community centre bosses are celebrating after they benefited from a supermarket voucher scheme.
Hartlepool’s Tesco Extra store has given thousands of vouchers to Ward Jackson and Stranton primary schools and the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre which staff can now exchange for new sport, computer and other school equipment.
Every customer spending £10 in the Burn Road store received one voucher for the annual Tesco for Schools and Clubs scheme.
People not collecting the vouchers for a particular school were encouraged to donate their vouchers to three good causes – the two schools and community centre.
The Belle Vue Centre, in Kendal Road, received about 13,500 vouchers, Ward Jackson around 15,500 and Stranton almost 17,500.
There were enough vouchers for each of them to buy a new computer from the scheme’s catalogue.
Selina Wilson, community champion at Tesco, said: “Each year our head office gives us a donation box to collect vouchers for three good causes.
“We decided to help collect vouchers for the Belle Vue Centre, Ward Jackson and Stranton primary schools and we were delighted with the response from customers.
“The good causes can now look through the catalogue and decided what they want to use their vouchers for.
“This is a really rewarding scheme and we are more than happy to help the local community.”
Neil Nottingham, headteacher at Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation.
“We are planning to use the vouchers to help update the school’s computer equipment which will be a big benefit to the children.”
Jan Brough, headteacher at Ward Jackson Primary School, in Clark Street, said: “For a small school like ours it can be hard to collect the thousands of vouchers other schools do, so we are delighted with the donation. I would like to thank Tesco for involving us and the customers for donating the vouchers.”
Gordon Larkin, manager at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, said: “We are going to use the vouchers for a range of games and resources to be used by the youth project at the centre.
“We are absolutely delighted to receive the donation and we are grateful for the support from Tesco.”