School gets green-fingered donation thanks to shop

Team members from the Wilko store on Lagny Street, Alnwickwho lent their green fingers and donated some of the store's gardening products to Barndale House School to help makeover its garden.
Team members from the Wilko store on Lagny Street, Alnwickwho lent their green fingers and donated some of the store's gardening products to Barndale House School to help makeover its garden.
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A north Northumberland school garden will be given a special touch thanks to donations from an Alnwick shop.

Wilkinson’s on Lagny Street donated some of the store’s gardening products to Barndale House Special School to help transform its garden.

And the store not only provided various gardening products but manager Lee Wade also led a team of five members of staff from the store to help spruce up the garden in time for the new school term in September.

Barndale House School is an all-age special school for pupils aged between two and 19 with a diversity of learning difficulties, so the garden will be much appreciated by pupils and teachers alike.

The garden is well-used by youngsters at the school.

The donation was made as part of Wilko’s Helping Hands scheme which enables people living within the Alnwick area to apply to the store for a monetary donation, Wilko products or for team members to volunteer their time.

It’s not the first time the team has helped the school as earlier in the year the store also generously donated paint to be used in its revamped sensory room.

Lee Wade said: “The Helping Hands scheme is an initiative where funding is provided to support local projects, directly benefiting the lives of people who live and work close to the store.

“It’s great that the scheme has been able to help Barndale House School again and contribute towards updating the garden for the children.”

Wilkinson’s is renowned for its charity work and often donates items and cash to worthwhile causes.

Most recently, the Gazette reported that a team from the store is to re-decorate two-year-old Aidan Jackowiak’s bedroom, in a Gruffalo theme, when he is away having treatment at hospital for swelling on his face.