MP Jonathan Reynolds helped local schoolchildren to collect an array of sports, leisure and computer equipment – in exchange for supermarket vouchers.
Two schools from Stalybridge - Gorse Hill Primary School and St Peter’s RC Primary School – were among the 40,000 schools and clubs who signed up for the ‘Tesco for Schools and Clubs’ scheme this year.
And on Friday Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds helped them to collect equipment from the Tesco store, in Stalybridge.
Following the event at the Stalybridge store Mr Reynolds said: “This scheme helps schools and clubs to get hold of equipment that they may not otherwise be able to afford or justify. I know from talking to both pupils and teachers how much the scheme is appreciated.
“Tesco have been supporting young people in this way for 20 years and it continues to be a great example of businesses putting something back into the communities they are a part of.”
As part of the scheme customers are given vouchers, depending on the amount they spend in store. And then schools and clubs can redeem those vouchers against a range of products, from iMacs to drum kits, from garden tools to tennis rackets.
This time more than 40,000 schools and clubs signed up to take part across the country. Tesco gave away more than 430,000 pieces of equipment to schools and clubs, worth a staggering £9.3 million.
Stalybridge Tesco Store Manager Anna Wisniowski said, “Tesco for Schools & Clubs is a scheme which my team are proud to be part of.
“Thousands of customers have been collecting vouchers to help their local schools and clubs get new equipment showing what can happen when a whole community gets involved.”