Derby allotment group raise funds for city special school

A POPULAR Derby allotment group have made a much-needed donation to a city special school following a year of successful outdoor events.

The Highfield Road Allotment Group have presented St Giles School, in Hampshire Road, with a cheque for £750. This will go towards providing transport for pupils to take part in extracurricular activities which are essential for developing their social skills. They include shopping trips and outings to local restaurants.

Pictures shows (from left) St Giles School deputy headteacher Laura Taylor receiving a cheque for £750 from Highfield Lane allotment treasurer, Colin Smith. Back row (from left): Ellen Taylor, Sue James, Mary Smith, Leah Oldsrth, Rob Moore (teaching assistant) and Cohen Sleator.  Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

Sue James, Mary Smith, Colin Smith and Ellen Taylor, of Highfield Road Allotment Group, were invited into the school to make the presentation.

For Ellen, the school holds a particularly special place in her heart; she worked as a teaching assistant at St Giles for more than 14 years. Her daughter, Laura Taylor, is deputy head at the school - and she was delighted to receive the cheque.

“The members of the Highfield Lane allotment committee are a dedicated bunch who spend hours working on nurturing their veggies and plants,” said Laura.

“My dad, Malc – who sadly passed away in February this year – was an enthusiastic member of the allotment group and I know how important their work was to him.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this kind donation.”

Sue James, a member of the Highfield Lane Allotment committee, said: “We work on the allotment all year round and are involved with various events.

“We usually have three stalls at The Big One in Chaddesden, where we sell produce; things like cake and homemade chutneys. We make wreaths to sell at Christmas and our hanging baskets are always very popular.

“The people of Chaddesden are very generous people and always support our work. We like to support local organisations and St Giles are very deserving of this donation.”

St Giles School has its very own Gardening Club who meet every week. The session is led by James Gough and Anna Young.


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