A DOZEN pupils from Longley Primary School celebrated after they were handed a £500 cheque from a local business last week.
The money was raised by the Nisa Local store on Southey Avenue, with a percentage of the profits from certain products donated to a good cause of the store’s choice.
And, being just over a quarter of a mile from Longley Primary, owner Myuran Mahadevan insisted it was an easy choice.
“We wanted to donate the money too a good cause, but one close to both our hearts and to our store too,” he told The Star.
“So the school seemed a logical decision.
“There’s quite a big community feel about this area, and it’s always important to try and give something back.
“We’re delighted to be able to donate this amount to the school, and I’m sure it’ll be put to good use.”
Jane Brailsford, a senior learning mentor at the school, took twelve members of Longley’s school council along to receive the cheque and to thank Myuran personally.
“These are the kids that will now decide how the money is spent, along with the teachers,” she added.
“After all, the money is for them, so it’s only right that they get a say in how it will be used. We think they’ll choose to buy some new equipment for the school.
“On behalf of all these kids here, and all the others at Longley, I would like to thank Muyran and Nisa for thinking of our school for their donation.
“I’m sure it will make a big difference to the children’s education.”