A village pre-school says a bumper cheque it has received from the Tamworth Co-operative Society will ‘enhance’ the service it provides to both children and parents.
Christine Finney, manager of Kingsbury Village Pre School, says the group was expecting to receive around £300 from the Tamworth Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund.
But shoppers at the Kingsbury Co-op convenience store took the cause to their hearts and raised three times that amount by donating the dividends they had earned on their purchases.
Their generosity resulted in a cheque for £875 being presented to the group which meets week day mornings at Kingsbury Youth Centre.
The money will be spent on a new iPad mini and a set of small wooden transport items for the 29 tots who belong to the group.
“We are absolutely thrilled about this because the iPad mini will enable us to operate a programme to send observations, pictures and videos of the children to parents,” said Christine.
“We operate as a charity and at the moment we rely on writing these kind of messages by hand.
“We will also be buying a range of wooden toys for the children including cars, trains and even cranes which will help them improve their motor skills. We are very grateful to the Tamworth Co-op for this fantastic donation and to everybody who donated their dividends.
“This money will enhance the group for both children and parents alike. We really are thrilled to receive it.”
The cheque was handed over by Annette Brindley, manager of the Kingsbury convenience store.
“It was a pleasure to hand over the money and I think it is fantastic that both the children and parents will benefit from it. Our customers have been brilliant donating their dividends to this popular cause.”