St Andrew’s Primary School pupils can stay fit with donation from CI Co-operative Society Helping Hands

July 18th, 2012 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

St Andrew’s Primary School pupils have a new climbing frame thanks to The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Helping Hands programme.

The Co-operative donated £1,000 towards the purchase of the Trim Trail, a horizontal climbing frame that allows children to go over bridges, climb on monkey bars and use ropes to guide them along.

The new equipment, located in the school’s playground, is designed to encourage children to be active and keep fit as well as having fun.

St Andrew’s Primary School head teacher Linda Paley said the children were very excited about the Trim Trail.

‘The Trim Trail has enhanced our children’s play time provision, helping to further develop both physical and social skills, as well as having fun with friends,’ she said.

Earlier this year the The Channel Islands Co-operative Society invited applications from organisations and charities with a good cause that was being held back through a lack of funds.

A total of 48 applications were received from youth groups, schools, church congregations, heritage and environmental projects, social-welfare and health care providers in Guernsey.

The Helping Hands fund has donated more than £16,500 to more than 26 local good causes across the Channel Islands this year with £7,890 going to organisations in Guernsey.

The aim of the Helping Hands fund is to give assistance to as many causes who qualify across the community as possible, rather than making larger single donations to a few.

It reflects the Society’s underlying principles of co-operative trade where profits not only remain in the Bailiwick to be reinvested but a proportion is given to a wide range of community initiatives.

Other recipients in Guernsey this year included £1,000 for new carpets for Guernsey Alcohol and Drug Abuse, £1,000 for new chairs for Guernsey MIND and £1,750 for the Guernsey Sports Commission to support a community ‘street project’ with sports equipment.

Colin Macleod, CI Co-operative Society Chief Executive, said “as the local community retailer in the Channel Islands, we want to help as many local initiatives as possible, although it is an extremely difficult task to choose which recipients should receive support as each and every one is deserving.”

“We are also delighted to assist those who freely give their time to helping their fellow islanders, in service to the community and in protecting our environments.”


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