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Children from Horton Lodge Special School take a trip shopping at the new Waitrose store in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • The children on their shopping trip to the new Waitrose store in Leek.

  • Caitlyn Butler, aged four.

  • Claudia Cashmore, aged three.

  • Patrick Mongan, aged four.

  • George Willett, aged three.

  • Chloe Davidson, aged four.

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Youngsters from a village school have been on a shopping trip together.

Ten children from Horton Lodge Community Special School in Rudyard recently visited Waitrose in Leek with their teachers to shop for ingredients for a cooking lesson.

The youngsters had been invited to visit the store after Waitrose partners had chosen their school as one of the first organisations of three to be chosen for the supermarket's Community Matters Initiative.

The Leek Waitrose is set to donate a total of £12,000 a year as part of the scheme, which donates £1,000 a month to good causes nominated by customers. Susan Booth, partner personnel manager, said: "As this month is our first of trading in Leek we asked the partners to choose the first three charities."

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The charities include Meadows Special School and Pat Wood's Home For Strays, as well as Horton Lodge Community Special School.

How much each of the three organisations get of the £1,000 depends on the 'votes' that the store's customers make.

Susan added: "Each customer gets a green token after making their purchases and they can then put it into the box allocated for their chosen charity. At the end of the month, we then see how many tokens each of the charities have and then work out their percentage.

"Today has been nice to have the children from Horton Lodge visit the store and have a look around."

Horton Lodge Community Special School is for two to 11-year-olds with physical disabilities.

After taking a look around the new store, the children were able to put their own green tokens, which were given to them at the tills, into the box allocated for their school.

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