Christmas spirit lives on in Queensbury – Thanks to Tesco Customers and Staff

For the past few years Staff at Tesco in Queensbury have collected donations of new toys to give to poorly Children in the Calderdale Royal Hospital as Christmas presents.

This year there was an unprecedented response to the appeal and yesterday Santa Claus, along with one of his Elves visited CRH delivering 6 full royal Mail sack of toys for the sick children, some of whom will spend Christmas on the ward due to the severity of their illnesses. Tesco Community Champion said that “Santa was absolutely amazed at the generosity of the customers and staff of Tesco in Queensbury who responded to the appeal in such a massive way. It shows  the Christmas spirit lives on in Queensbury and the donors should be proud of themselves.” He went on to say that “the staff at the hospital made Santa very welcome and let him visit some of the children and sit with them and had photos taken with them, others were too poorly. He also sang the praises of the staff on the ward who do an incredible job keeping the spirits of the children up at this time of year as well, of course, as making them better.

Tesco’s Working To Promote Healthy Eating In Primary Schools

Tesco, Nationally, have for the past two years been involved with Primary schools, Scout and Guide associations, in a push to try and teach our children to adopt an healthy lifestyle in a concerted effort to help to reduce the amount of Childhood obesity that exists in today’s society. To this end each store have employed a “Farm to Fork Guide”  whose brief it has been to take children from local primary schools or brownie group on a guided tour to help children better understand the food we eat. They learn how and where it is grown, what is good for them, what is not and the nutritional value of different foods. In some cases they take a look behind the scenes at the store to see how food is stored in order to retain freshness until it can be sold without losing all of it’s nutritional value.

In Tesco’s store at Queensbury the Guy charged with this job is Community Champion David Lightfoot M.B.E. who only this week has hosted two of the tours, one for a group of Rainbow Brownies and one for the Reception Class of a local school. David says “We can offer up to 7 different trails according to the curriculum demands of the schools, the children’s age group or the needs of the Brownie or Cub packs. They range from, for the younger children, a trail to look at the different colours of the fresh fruit and veg they eat up to a trail where the older children can look at the food that athletes eat explaining that different sports require different foods to give the athletes either energy in a quick short burst say for a sprinter or for a long distance runner who needs food to give him a slow release of energy to help them over a longer time”. Up to present Tesco, nationally, have had well over one million children around their stores. In some cases visits to suppliers have also been arranged.

The groups usually finish their tour with a sampling session of differing foods from the store based around the tour they have been on. this is very popular especially amongst the younger children.

The pictures show some of the children from Denholme Primary school looking at the different fresh fruit and Vegetables on offer. They later did a mini shop which they self scanned themselves through the quick tills. They took their purchases back to school where they helped to make fruit smoothies. They all seemed to enjoy themselves.

Inconsiderate Parking Outside Schools.

Police have teamed up with primary schools in Bradford District to launch a crackdown on illegal and inconsiderate parking outside schools. The initiative is being launched in response to complaints from residents, parents and schools across the district and will run throughout the autumn term from Monday, with the potential for further operations if the problem persists. Police will be working with pupils for two weeks at each school.

The first week will see motorists educated on the dangers of inconsiderate parking and why it is safer to park away from school grounds. Those who live a short distance away from the school will also be advised on the health benefits of walking to school.

The second week will be all about enforcement and anyone who parks their vehicle illegally or inconsiderately will be given a fine. Sergeant Adrian Wright, who has organised the initiative with support from Bradford District Council, said: “Inconsiderate and illegal parking is a problem at many schools across the district and we hope this campaign will make motorists think twice about where to park when they pick up and drop off their children. “Road safety measures such as zig-zags outside schools are there to keep school users safe and motorists should always avoid parking on these as they are likely to cause an obstruction. They should also avoid parking across people’s driveways and on the pavement. “Motorists should also note that we will be continuing to monitor schools for parking problems and will take further action against those who continue to park inconsiderately or cause an obstruction.”

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “People parking irresponsibly in school areas is a long-running problem and something we need to work with the police to clampdown on. These motorists, most of whom are parents or carers themselves, are not considering the dangers they pose to school children, and the inconvenience caused to local residents, when all they need to do is park slightly further away and walk a few extra yards, or even make the whole journey on foot if at all possible.”