School battle has started

Suzanne Cheney of the Middleton Grange shopping centre pictured with some of the Shop for Schools vouchers.
Suzanne Cheney of the Middleton Grange shopping centre pictured with some of the Shop for Schools vouchers.

HERE are the runners and riders in the race to support your favourite school.

Thirty schools and nurseries are taking part in this year’s Shop for Schools contest.

Our competition, run in association with Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, rewards participants with prizes such as computers, televisions and books.

A spokeswoman for Middleton Grange said: “We are thrilled that so many schools and nurseries wanted to take part in Shop for Schools this year and we look forward to rewarding them when the competition closes.”

The idea behind the annual contest is simple.

All customers need to do is take their receipts from any shop within Middleton Grange to the shopping centre’s information desk.

There they will be stamped and returned with points vouchers at a rate of one per pound spent.

Anyone spending more than 50p in the pound (eg, £1.53p) will see their totals rounded up to the next point.

Vouchers can then be placed in individually-marked letter boxes on the desk.

There are other ways too to boost your favourite entrant’s score.

Double points are awarded for purchases made on Sundays and triple points on bank holiday Mondays.

The Mail will also be printing a series of bonus point vouchers for you to cut out.

The next will be appearing in a matter of days so keep buying the paper.

Don’t worry either that competitors with bigger rolls are going to have an unfair advantage.

Scores, which will also appear in the Mail on a regular basis, will be divided by pupil numbers to even the contest out.

But that still means the more points your school gets then the better the prizes it receives once the competition closes on June 22.

One thing to remember, however, is that photocopied vouchers will not be accepted.

So what are you waiting for?

Get shopping.


(All Hartlepool unless stated)

Rift House, Lynnfield, St Helen’s, St Aidan’s, Ward Jackson, Owton Manor, Hart, Kingsley, St Joseph’s, in Hartlepool, Barnard Grove, West View, Springwell, Golden Flatts, Holy Trinity, St Teresa’s, Eldon Grove, Throston, West Park, Stranton, Kiddiekins, Manor College, Footprints, St Peter’s, in Elwick, Jesmond Road, St Cuthbert’s, Sacred Heart, Catcote, St Bega’s, Hesleden and St Joseph’s, in Blackhall.