Children at Guilden Morden C of E Primary Academy are now getting fitter thanks to a £4000 grant which helped to install play equipment.

The money – from supermarket giant Tesco – has gone towards the cost of building an agility trail in the school’s playground.  It has come from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, whereby shoppers vote for their favourite community project.

The agility trail will be officially opened at a special community day on Tuesday 17 July. Vice-Chair of Guilden Morden Parish Council Geoff Harper will cut the ribbon at about 12.20pm.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with the environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of community projects every year.

Voting took place in November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to benefit by using a token given to them at the checkout.

The money has gone towards the £9000 cost of the play equipment. Local company GSK also donated £1000, which together with further cash raised by the school and PTFA, takes it closer to the total amount.

Headteacher Jeremy Fisher said: “We are extremely grateful, not to only to Tesco but also to parents, carers and staff who shopped in Tesco and voted for our project. We were delighted to have the new equipment installed in time for our Year 6 pupils to enjoy before they transfer to Secondary School.  We do have new projects in mind to continue to develop the children’s health and well-being, so we shall be continuing with our fund-raising”.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community added: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we have been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.”