Newcastle shopkeeper donates £1k to help keep students active
A SHOPKEEPER has donated £1,000 to help more students take part in an activity scheme aimed at boosting life skills.
Bryan Lodey, who owns Nisa Extra in Newcastle, handed over the cheque to nearby school NCHS The Science College.
The trader, who has run the store on Paris Avenue for 40 years, praised the Duke of Edinburgh award for giving children something to do.
And he believes the £1,000 can help more youngsters.
This Sunday between 11am & 4pm with FREE admission at the Moat House Hotel Festival Park we will be exhibiting with some special show offers, the weather forecast isn't good but our deals are
Terms: Visit us or pick up a voucher at the show to be eligible
Contact: 01782 342609
Valid until: Sunday, June 23 2013
The money has been raised by shoppers paying up to 4p more on certain everyday items.
Mr Lodey said: "The whole idea of the scheme is to help as much as possible in our local community and that is what we wanted to do.
"The school chose to put the money towards Duke of Edinburgh and we support that decision."
The donation comes after complaints in the past from shopkeepers about the behaviour of some students.
But since projects such as the Duke of Edinburgh award were introduced, the situation has improved.
Headteacher Jill Adamson said: "Over the last four years the relationship between the school and all the local shops has changed dramatically.
"It has really improved and we are very grateful to the shop for donating this money. "We have decided to put it towards the Duke of Edinburgh programme because we want to roll it out to more pupils and train up staff."
The award has been running for four years at the school and more than 200 students have achieved their bronze certificate.
ICT teacher Chris Gregory, who is an ex-marine, runs the sessions.
He said: "The money is going to make an incredible difference.
"It means that kids who haven't had the opportunity to take part already can now get involved and be active."
Last month, seven students climbed Mount Snowdon in Wales as part of their bronze award.
Mr Gregory said: "The money will mean all our kids can be walking in the right kit.
"And it has a big impact on their personal development as well as job prospects. We have ex-students who have got into university based on their experience."
Student Julia McCredie, aged 15, from Heath Street, Newcastle, said: "It gives us the opportunity to be healthier and to have a better future."
The shop donation scheme, known as Making A Difference, runs at three stores across Stoke-on-Trent including in Meir and Eccleshall.