Donation boost for Tenterden Junior School’s outdoor play plans

Donation boost for Tenterden Junior School’s outdoor play plans

Tenterden Primary Federation PTA (TePTA) have received a donation boost of £360 from St Michaels Post Office towards its major new fundraising drive for outdoor play facilities.

The funds will be put towards a large-scale project, for which TePTA are currently fundraising, to improve the outdoor facilities for the enjoyment and mental wellness of the children at Tenterden Junior School.  The first phase – to create a mindfulness area in the playground of the Junior School – is scheduled to begin during the October half term, subject to Covid regulations and volunteer support.

The monies were raised in 2019 through St Michaels Post Office’s ongoing carrier bag charge scheme for customers, which regularly supports a range of local charities including schools.  For 2020 they decided to support TePTA in their wider community.

St Michaels Post Office owner Liz Entwistle said: “As we’re not legally required to charge for bags, we decided to bring in the charge ourselves to reduce plastic waste and raise money for local groups and charities. When we tell our customers about the charge and explain how it goes to benefit local groups, people are very generous and quite often pop a little extra change in too.  We also have a small number of second-hand books in the shop and the money from those goes in the pot as well.”

TePTA co-Chair Laura Weston said “Donations are always appreciated but particularly at this time when we are unable to hold our usual events for fundraising throughout the year.  Like most charities we have seen a huge shortfall in funding this year due to the pandemic.  A huge thank you to all at St Michael’s post office for their very generous donation.  The money will contribute to an ongoing fundraising effort which will see the outside space at the school greatly improved for the benefit of the children in our community.”

Tenterden Primary Federation Executive Headteacher Samantha Crinnion said: “We are very grateful for the kind donation to TePTA, our school PTA.  As a result of the donations received from our local community and the fundraising efforts of our PTA we are able to provide additional resources needed in school for our children.”

Anyone interested in supporting TePTa’s fundraising for the playground should email the committee at: tepta@tpf.kent.sch.uk

In the photo St Michaels Post Office owner Liz Entwistle (left) presents the donation cheque to TePTA co-Chair Bex Page (right).