Volunteers dig deep to help pupils

IT team from Sage at Gosforth building raised flowerbeds at St Aidan's First School at Ashington (left to right-back three) Ryan Burness, Phill Johnson, Tej Chauhan and (front) Headteacher Samantha Leslie.
IT team from Sage at Gosforth building raised flowerbeds at St Aidan's First School at Ashington (left to right-back three) Ryan Burness, Phill Johnson, Tej Chauhan and (front) Headteacher Samantha Leslie.
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A team of volunteers braved wet and windy weather to help build a learning garden for pupils at an Ashington school.

Volunteers from Sage UK Ltd in Newcastle spent a day installing planters and pathways at St Aidan’s First School as part of a project to develop an outdoor learning area.

After designing the garden, pupils went on to raise almost £900 towards the project by taking part in various fundraising activities.

Executive headteacher Samantha Leslie said: “It has been fantastic that the Sage UK information services team have worked so hard and so enthusiastically on behalf of the pupils.

“Their amazing efforts along with the support of B&Q in Ashington have helped make this project a reality and will significantly enhance the learning of the pupils.”

Simon Bullen, from Sage UK Ltd, said: “Knowing at the end of the day the children at St Aidan’s will be able to learn how to grow many things and learn as they go is fantastic.

“Making this project a reality has been more than worth it.

“We have all looked forward to it and can not wait to see it completed and in use.”