Special school in Oldbury given Christmas treats from The Co-op

Published 19th December 2017

Student Joshua, Becki Bolton from The Co-op, student Talulla, Father Christmas, student Karanjit  and headteacher Joanna Cliffe

Children at The Meadows special school in Oldbury were treated to a Christmas extravaganza organised by staff from local branches of The Co-op.

The students were treated to a festive bouncy castle, a bucking reindeer, icy fruit drinks, a festive cinema, donkeys, hot chocolates, a snow machine and were visited by very special guests including Olaf the snowman and Father Christmas who gave a present to every child in the school.
Staff at The Co-op have been raising money over the past few weeks to give the children at the special school a very festive day on Friday 15 December.
Managers from local Co-ops came in force and volunteered to help out on the day.
Becki Bolton, Learning Facilitator from The Co-op explained why The Meadows school is so special to her: "My nephew attends the school so we wanted to give the children at The Meadows an extra special day filled with lots of Christmas fun.
“All the staff who volunteered had such a lovely time and it was very touching to see how much the children enjoyed the day.
Each Co-op store in the Birmingham region raised money through various ways such as collection buckets, raffles and cake sales.
Staff at the school all dressed up for the day including Joanna Cliffe, headteacher at the Meadows, who dressed as a penguin. She said: "We are so delighted the staff from Co-op chose to give the school both their time and donations. The children had an absolutely fantastic day.
"I want to thank them for their generosity and let everyone involved know that it meant such a lot to the students. It certainly was a very memorable day I'm sure the staff and children will talk about it for many years to come."
Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children's services at Sandwell Council said: "The children really were treated to an amazing day at The Meadows thanks to the generoristy of those who donated.
"I'd like to thank Becki and The Co-op for choosing to bring such a wonderful experience to  one of our special schools."