A Beaminster school has been given a donation for a new outdoor learning space for its pupils.

Two members of staff from Morrisons in Bridport, store manager Paul Prentice and community champion Steve Doman visited the school to make a donation of £5000, which will go towards a new sensory garden for the school.

The money was raised through the Morrisons Foundation, which donates to charities that need the money for a new project.

Community champion Steve said: “The donation is from the Morrisons Foundation, which had to be applied for.

“Staff regularly chip in at Christmas and throughout the year to donate to charities such as the school.”

The donation was a continuation of the relationship between the supermarket and the school.

Steve commented that staff at the store often supported the school and showed an interest because of the services they provided.

The latest trip was also the first time that Steve was able to look around the school properly, to see where the money was going.

Tracey Page, deputy headteacher at the Mountjoy School, said: “We’ve had lots of support from Morrisons as a school, we used to take our students there when we were based in Bridport and still do.

“The staff are very accommodating to us when we visit.”

Due to building works happening elsewhere on site throughout the summer, the school doesn’t expect to have use of the garden until after the October half-term.

However, when it opens, the garden will help the children explore the different senses and allow those with mobility issues to also benefit from the experience.

Tracey said: “It’s lovely for the children and they will be able to access it.

“The garden will help them use their senses, use their communication skills, and it will be nice for those with limited mobility skills to get outside in the new garden.”

Some of the money raised for the Morrisons Foundation came from the sale of their five pence bags, part of the store’s effort to reduce plastic waste.

Store manager Paul said: “The foundation was set up with money from the 5p carrier bags.

“We are bringing in paper bags for the produce section, and will be inviting customers to bring their own container to use for the meat counter.

“We found that 83 per cent of plastics were recyclable, and will try to get to 100 per cent by 2023.”


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