Card scheme gives school cash injection

IN THE MONEY Back, from left, Mill Rythe Infants School headteacher Sarah Court, Hayling Island Community Centre manager Tania Jones and its chairman Lynn George with pupils.     Picture: Allan Hutchings (111491-749)
IN THE MONEY Back, from left, Mill Rythe Infants School headteacher Sarah Court, Hayling Island Community Centre manager Tania Jones and its chairman Lynn George with pupils. Picture: Allan Hutchings (111491-749)
Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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A VERY British celebration was enjoyed by children to mark a boost to their school.

There was a party atmosphere at Mill Rythe Infant School on Hayling Island as children dressed in red, white and blue.

The celebration, tied in with the Royal wedding, was organised after the school was handed a cheque for £12,500 from Southern Co-operative.

Residents have raised the money themselves through a community support card scheme at the Elm Grove store.

Every time the card is swiped when people buy groceries, a small amount is donated to good causes.

The school, in Havant Road, is now planning to spruce up its hall with new curtains and furniture.

It is a great start for the school’s new headteacher Sarah Court – only a few days into the job – who said she loved enjoying the carnival atmosphere with the pupils and parents.

She said: ‘It was a good day.

‘It was good to see the support from the parents and the community.

‘It was brilliant. The children made banners, flags and made their own food, decorating biscuits and cupcakes.

‘Each class did a nursery rhyme linked to a royal.

‘We had the Grand Old Duke of York.

‘It was good to have the community involved and join in.’

Southern Co-operative also presented a cheque of £12,500 to help Hayling Island Community Centre.

Meanwhile, the support card scheme has also benefited good causes in Emsworth.

By residents swiping their card at the Emsworth store, a total of £11,500 has been raised.

Emsworth Community Association received £7,666 and Emsworth Lunch Club received £3,833.