Published: 20 Feb 2010

Jennings Ford is assisting to promote healthy living to pupils at a school in Sunderland.

Staff and pupils at Southwick Primary School on Clarence Road, were the recipients of a brand new mountain bike and it was all courtesy of Jennings Ford Direct, based in South Shields.

The new bike will be used as the main prize in the school’s forthcoming Christmas raffle. The raffle has been organised in order to raise enough funds so that the school can invest in a number of new bike stands, with the aim to encourage more children to take the healthy option and cycle to school.

“Not only is cycling an enjoyable and affordable way for children to get much needed physical exercise, but it also gives them a role in improving their own environment and personal sense of wellbeing“ said Trisha Stoker, head teacher at Southwick Primary School.

She added: “It felt like Christmas had come early when we found out that Jennings Ford Direct had agreed to donate the bike, which will contribute towards raising funds for new bike stands for the school.

“On behalf of staff and pupils at the school, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Jennings Ford Direct, for their valuable support.”

Gavin Moffatt, sales manager at Jennings Ford Direct in South Shields, said; “We are very much a community-focussed company and were delighted to assist the school.”

Southwick Primary School in Sunderland has 345 pupils aged between 3 and 11. In August of this year, the school celebrated its centenary. In February 2009, pupils will be moving into new, purpose built premises in Southwick, which will be linked to the Children’s Centre.

Raffle tickets will be available to purchase at Southwick Primary School from Monday 10th November. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket, please contact the school on 0191 5535500.

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