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Tesco in Diss raises more than £1,000 from second hand book stall to pay for library at Scole Primary School



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A Diss supermarket has used its second-hand book stall to raise more than £1,000 for new books for a nearby school.

Since April, shoppers at Tesco in Victoria Road have been able to donate their used books, which have been resold at the supermarket to raise money for good causes.

The £1,127 raised will now be donated to Scole Primary School to help pay for new reading material for pupils.

Staff at Tesco in Diss have raised money for a school through their second hand book table, where people leave donations and take a book. Pictured by Mecha Morton.
Staff at Tesco in Diss have raised money for a school through their second hand book table, where people leave donations and take a book. Pictured by Mecha Morton.

The second-hand book stall has been a feature at Tesco for more than six years, with money typically going towards the supermarket chain’s partnered charities, such as Cancer Research UK, the British Red Cross and the National Emergencies Trust.

“This year, we wanted to focus on local charities,” said Faye Betts, front-end service manager at the supermarket.

“It was an idea of one way we could give back. Scole Primary School is such a small school any help it can get is great.

“We contacted the school and said we would really like to focus on a school and they bit our hands off.”

The money will pay for increasing the provision of books in the library and the classroom, with a focus on diversity and their new curriculum looking at relationships and sex education.

“We told them it was our target to raise £1,000 but they were really impressed with how quickly we got there because it’s been less than a year,” added Miss Betts, 32.

“It’s nice to think that old, pre-loved books have raised money for new books for a younger generation.”

Martin White, interim headteacher at the school, extended his gratitude to Tesco and the generous shoppers who had donated their old books.

“We are absolutely delighted,” he said. “We’re grateful to everyone at Tesco, and also the shoppers who have been willing to support us in this way.”

Staff at Tesco are preparing to present the cheque to teachers and children at Scole Primary School in the coming weeks.



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