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Bakkavor brings joy to Spalding St Paul's School




Brilliant Bakkavor has donated £1,700 to our CCTV appeal for St Paul's Community Primary School in Spalding.

Thanks to donations and pledges already made, this means the dream of having cameras to protect the school's outdoor learning area from further vandalism will come true.

The Lincs Free Press Children's Fund set the ball rolling by donating £500. Chosen at Holbeach gave a whopping £1,000, and Spalding and Welland Rotary, South Holland Rotary and Spalding Lions each pledged £500.

Pictured, from left are, Paula Mumby from Bakkavor, Free Press reporter and appeal coordinator Lynne Harrison, St Paul's Community Primary School head teacher Kira Nicholls, Ewelina Kraszewska and Kelly Church, both from Bakkavor, with staff and pupils at the Spalding school.
Pictured, from left are, Paula Mumby from Bakkavor, Free Press reporter and appeal coordinator Lynne Harrison, St Paul's Community Primary School head teacher Kira Nicholls, Ewelina Kraszewska and Kelly Church, both from Bakkavor, with staff and pupils at the Spalding school.

Thirteen magnificent Free Press readers gave amounts ranging from £5 to £150 - and a fourteenth, former St Paul's head teacher Heather Beeken, gave £50 and raised £80 with her craft stall.

Current head teacher Kira Nicholls said: "I am humbled, thankful and so touched by the generosity of everyone who has donated to the appeal.

"The security of the school site will mean so much to the whole school community."

Bakkavor's Will Naylor spoke of his hopes that "the money will help replace equipment damaged through vandalism and also deter this behaviour in future with a new CCTV system."

Flashback to January: head teacher Kira Nicholls surveys the damage at her Spalding school.
Flashback to January: head teacher Kira Nicholls surveys the damage at her Spalding school.

Spalding St Paul’s Community Primary School is looking at a more secure future now the dream of CCTV is becoming a reality.

Our community has raised money for cameras in response to repeated vandalism there.

Head teacher Kira Nicholls said: “I am humbled, thankful and so touched by the generosity of everyone who has donated to the appeal.

“The hard work of all those involved in the appeal has made this challenge into a reality and the security of the school site will mean so much to the whole school community.

“I am very keen to personally thank everyone for their donations and pledges, as are the children and staff, and we do hope to welcome them into school to see all that we are aiming to achieve for our young learners - and maybe join in too.

“I also want to say a heartfelt thank you to Lynne Harrison at the Lincolnshire Free Press for her dedication to this appeal and for making our dreams a reality.”

Will Naylor, the Spalding-based business HR manager for Bakkavor Meals - Lincolnshire, said: “The Bakkavor site at Spalding comprises four factories, a distribution centre and is also home to many of Bakkavor’s support functions.

“We have Site Employee Forums (SEF) that represent employees across all of these areas and, made up of representatives from these SEFs, we also have a combined committee that represents the whole of the West Marsh Road site.

“It is this group that decide on a regular basis the local initiatives we should be supporting and the charitable requests we would contribute towards.

“We were made aware of the Lincs Free Press campaign to raise money for St Paul’s School for their CCTV system and new play equipment by Terry Moore, former Bakkavor employee and local charitable fundraiser.

“The location of St Paul’s means that so many of our employees will have family connections to that school, either in the past, the present and no doubt in the future.

“The decision to contribute to the campaign was therefore easy and we hope that the money will help replace equipment damaged through vandalism and also deter this behaviour in the future with a new CCTV system.”

Our previous stories include:

CCTV appeal to bring Peace to Spalding St Paul's School

Holbeach charity boosts our Spalding school CCTV campaign

Please help us Bring Peace to St Paul's School in Spalding

Outdoor learning is magic at Spalding school

Outdoor classroom vandalised at Spalding St Paul's Primary School

Spalding head teacher says vandals are harming pupils' learning



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