School is a real page turner for children in Ashford

30 Sep 2019 | Local News

Hundreds of pounds worth of books have landed in Ashford as local co-operative colleagues have been supporting their nearby primary school.

The books are now being enjoyed by children at Godinton Primary School after a donation of £750 from The Co-operative Food, in Ashford.

Colleagues at the convenience store, in Louden Way, are part of the local, independent co-operative – Southern Co-op, and made the donation earlier this year when they heard that needed some help stocking out their library.

But the store also went further and made the school its charity partner of the year for 2019/20.

(front L to R) Gio, Ryan, Anna, Grace, Finley with (back L to R) Richard Knowles (Southern Co-op), Jemma Causebrook (Literacy Lead), Nancy & Maggie Bowen-Page-Burton (Southern Co-op)

Richard Knowles, Store Manager at The Co-operative Food – Ashford, said: “The school is at the heart of our local community so it is really heartening to be able to support its pupils in a variety of ways.

“As well as the books, the store has donated food and drink during playtime and also rewards for the school’s weekly star award tea party.

“Plus our customers can now support them too when they pop pennies in our collection pots at our tills or support one of our fundraising activities which we run throughout the year.”

Godinton Primary School, in Lockholt Close, aims to provide every child with a well-rounded education, enabling them to reach their full potential and succeed wherever their strengths and skills may lie.

Jill Talbot, Headteacher, said: “We are immensely grateful to the team for the continued support they have given to Godinton Primary School. The funds donated to support reading across the school have enabled us to purchase a wide range of exciting and stimulating books for the children which is having a positive impact on their reading. The children think they are brilliant!”

(front L to R) Finley Davison & Nancy Grant with (back L to R) Richard Knowles (Southern Co-op), Jemma Causebrook (Literacy Lead) & Maggie Bowen-Page-Burton (Southern Co-op)

The Co-operative Food store is supporting the school as part of Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’.

This initiative enables colleagues to support local causes through donations, fundraising and volunteering and aims to help neighbourhoods become greener, healthier, safe or more inclusive.

To find out more about Southern Co-op’s commitment to making a difference, visit