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Darren Sutton of Bookmark and Charmed Interiors in Spalding praises learning opportunities in South Holland ahead of Education Awards

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A sponsor at this year’s Education Awards is delighted to see the growing number of opportunities for youngsters in our area.

Darren Sutton, who runs both Bookmark and Charmed Interiors in Spalding, is looking forward to another exciting event this year.

His businesses will be sponsoring the drinks and reception on July 7, as well as the programme guide.

Darren Sutton at Bookmark in Spalding
Darren Sutton at Bookmark in Spalding

Mr Sutton went to school in Long Sutton as a youngster.

He is impressed with the way things have improved at the school over the years.

“Things have changed and they’re probably a lot better than when I left, which was over 30 years ago,” he said.

“There are more facilities now.

“I think students now have a better chance to succeed now and go on to do jobs, which I never thought was possible then.

“Because we’re in a rural area in Spalding and the surrounding areas, and job-wise it’s a bit more limited than it might be in a city, it’s good that kids get a good education.

“They can then go on to give themselves a good career and future either here or abroad.”

This year’s ceremony will crown the likes of inspirational students and teachers, schools of the year and individuals who make worthy contributions to the community.

Having been a sponsor at the awards for four years, Mr Sutton is excited to get back to Springfields Events Centre this summer.

“I went last year, and it was a good event. It will be nice to support another again,” he said.

“It’s nice to sponsor and support local events.

“You heard about everything everything the teachers were doing to help students with mental health during the pandemic.

“Obviously it’s been difficult for students because they haven’t had exams and had stress along with that.

“I think it’s good for both students and teachers to be recognised.”

At Bookmark, located at The Crescent in Spalding, Mr Sutton and his staff sell a wide range of educational books.

They aim to provide the best learning materials for pupils and students of all ages - particularly during the most important times of the year.

“That’s obviously quite important for us, to sell those to the public and to students,” Mr Sutton added.

“It’s really good to support local schools. It benefits both sides.

“They prove popular especially around exam times, which is coming up now.”

If you would like to nominate an individual or a group for one of our awards this year, you can do so by visiting www.spaldingeducationawards.co.uk

They will also include the Outstanding Sporting Achievement category, while an Environmental Champion and Support Staff Member of the Year will also be named.

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