Garden’s golden windfall

Midlands Co-operative Community Dividend Award to Dunston Primary School for a Sensory Garden
Midlands Co-operative Community Dividend Award to Dunston Primary School for a Sensory Garden

Children from a Chesterfield school are celebrating after receiving £2000 from the Midlands Co-operative Society for a sensory garden.

Dunston Primary School caters for 240 physically able and disabled children. The school consists of two buldings; the main building plus a unit that has been especially built to cater for children with additional needs.

In between the two buildings there was an area of disused land which the school wanted to develop into an area that would benefit the pupils. After careful consideration it was agreed that the land should be used to create a sensory garden.

The Friends of Dunston School Association started fundraising for the project and approached local businesses for support. Midlands Co-operative Society, which has a foodstore in nearby Holme Hall, was happy to help.

Speaking on behalf of the school association, Amanda White, chair of the group, explained: “We were able to raise a significant amount of the money needed through a number of fundraising activities including discos and school fairs, but needed to obtain additional funding to complete the project. Thanks to Midlands Co-operative we managed to install a water feature, four raised flower beds and a bench seating area including planters.”

Midlands Co-operative donated the money from its Making a Difference Community Dividend fund, which guarantees that a percentage of its trading profit is donated to local groups in its trading area.

Joy Welch, PR Officer, Midlands Co-operative added: “The ‘Friends of Dunston School Association’ has been very successful in raising funds for the school. As a school that welcomes both boys and girls of all abilities, the school is a great example of an inclusive establishment. As a community retailer, Midlands Co-operative Society is delighted to support such a well loved and worthwhile project.”