Over £ 2,400 raised by Grantham charity for outdoor space at Belmont Community Primary School

Over £ 2,400 was raised for the redevelopment of the wildlife and outdoor space of a primary school.

Friends of Belmont School (FOBS), a charity that supports Belmont Community Primary School, raised £ 2,407.94 with help from the cooperative for a new outdoor space at the school.

Members of FOBS, the co-op and the school attended a small celebration which took place outside the Co-op store on Princess Drive, Grantham on November 19.

Cooperative staff, FOBS and Belmont community primary school members with check (53399742)

FOBS applied to become a local cause within the Local Community Co-operative Fund in 2020 and was chosen to be one of three local causes from October 30, 2020 to October 23, 2021.

Anna James, President of FOBS, said: “Like many charities, FOBS has felt the strains of the pandemic as we haven’t been able to host any of our regular fundraising events since the end of 2019.

“The opportunity arose to become a local cause within the Local Cooperative Community Fund and we applied without too much expectation, but with great hope to raise essential funds for our school.

Students at Belmont Community Elementary School (53399745)
Students at Belmont Community Elementary School (53399745)

“The £ 2,407.94 will go towards redeveloping the school’s wildlife and outdoor space, as well as future activities, such as a garden club.

“FOBS is very grateful for the help and support of our local community and we would like to thank all the customers of the cooperative who have chosen us as their cause.

“Many thanks to Jeannie Holland, our pioneer of the local co-op members, who supported and guided us from the very beginning; Jeannie also helped us connect with Growing Together Grantham, another local community group.

“Growing Together Grantham visited the site at the school in September 2021 and helped us with lots of information and ideas, as well as a draft layout plan for the redevelopment area, so thanks to them too . “

Oskar, the Prime Minister of the Students' Parliament, cutting the ribbon (53399739)
Oskar, the Prime Minister of the Students’ Parliament, cutting the ribbon (53399739)

Mr. Davidson, Principal of Belmont Community Elementary School, said: “We were delighted when it was announced that FOBS would become a local cause as part of the Community Co-operative Fund.

“The money that has been raised by the local community will make a huge difference to the children of Belmont, we really appreciate the hard work of FOBS, the support of the cooperative and the generosity of the local community who have chosen FOBS as a cause.

“We look forward to starting the exciting redevelopment of our wildlife sanctuary and for children to use the area to further enhance their learning.”

The outdoor space to be redeveloped (53399733)
The outdoor space to be redeveloped (53399733)

Oskar, Prime Minister of the Students’ Parliament, added: “The money will be spent in the school’s nature reserve to build a greenhouse and flower beds for each class, among other things.

“It will be a splendid addition to the Belmont Community Elementary School.”

Cooperative staff, members of FOBS and Belmont Community Primary School with check (53399748)
Cooperative staff, members of FOBS and Belmont Community Primary School with check (53399748)

FOBS also linked up with The Woodland Trust and Growing Together Grantham to help them plan the project.

Anna added: “In the future we have big plans and need an equally big commitment from our school and our local community so if anyone would like to help us please contact us via fobs @ belmont .lincs.sch.uk “

You can find more information about fundraising at https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/45446