Tesco helps out with free school gifts


CHILDREN from four Bicester schools got boxes of goodies including art supplies and music equipment on Friday thanks to Tesco.

Bicester MP Tony Baldry and Longfields School headteacher Paul Hill joined manager Nathan Painter at the Bicester Metro store in Sheep Street.

Langford Village School, Kings Meadow School, and Brookside School also got equipment as part of the Tesco for Schools and Clubs scheme.

The scheme, now in its 20th year, lets schools and clubs redeem Tesco vouchers for computers, sports equipment, and other items.

Mr Painter said: “Tesco for Schools and 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.”

Local shoppers collected vouchers over 10 weeks which they donated to a school of their choice. Schools were then able to choose what equipment they wanted from an extensive catalogue.

More than 40,000 schools and clubs in the UK have signed up to the programme.

Last year Tesco gave away 430,000 pieces of equipment to schools and clubs, worth £9.3million.

The scheme has provided equipment worth £176million since 1992.