Charity shop’S £5,000 gift helps school hit minibus cash target

Little Green Charity Shop staff with Springwell Primary School School staff and pupils
Little Green Charity Shop staff with Springwell Primary School School staff and pupils

CHILDREN will be travelling in style thanks to a staggering donation from kind-hearted charity workers.

The staff and children at Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, have been on a huge fundraising drive to raise £12,000 for a new minibus.

Their cause was helped earlier this year by a £5,500 donation from the staff at the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, Hartlepool.

School headteacher Karl Telfer said he was “flabbergasted” when they received the fantastic donation. But the women at the shop didn’t stop there and this week gave another £5,000 to the school, meaning there’s enough money to buy the minibus.

“It’s just incredible, I am genuinely lost for words,” said Mr Telfer. “What an amount of money to donate, what a huge help they have been, such fantastic ladies.”

The youngsters at the special school share the minibus with Families First.

The school has the use of it throughout the day during the week and the children’s charity uses it on evenings and weekends.

Mr Telfer added: “I am just so pleased for the children.

“The minibus we have at the minute is an X-reg and it has seen better days.

“We decided to raise money for a new one but there’s no way we expected to achieve our target so quickly.

“For the charity shop to donate that much money is just tremendous. I really can’t thank them enough.”

The school wasn’t the only cause to benefit from the fantastic work of the shop yesterday as it also gave £4,000 to Hartlepool RNLI.

The brilliant work of the shop staff has featured in the Mail on a number of occasions in the past.

Last year they raised a staggering £12,000 for good causes in Hartlepool in just three months.

The popular shop, which sells used clothes and bric-a-brac, is thought to have raised £250,000 over the years. Sylvia Johnson, 79, has volunteered in the shop for nearly 40 years.

Sylvia, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool, said: “We always try to help local causes.

“We knew Springwell School wanted to raise money for a new minibus because the one they have now is quite old.

“We made a donation a few weeks ago and wanted to help them out again.

“Everyone at the school was very grateful, we were happy to help.”