Asda saves Christmas for Colne school

Children at a Colne school celebrated with a Christmas party after all today thanks to a generous donation from Asda.

Christ Church Primary School’s annual event was thrown into doubt when the Keighley Road school was broken into by a party pooper thief on Saturday, December 6th and £400 was stolen.

Photo Neil Cross'Christ Church Primary School Headteacher Andrew Peers picking up goodies from Diane Springthorpe and , Michaela Doherty of Asda Colne, ahead of the primary school's Christmas Party with PC Mark Walker, Sgt Kim De Curtis and PCSO Ivan Hartley

Photo Neil Cross'Christ Church Primary School Headteacher Andrew Peers picking up goodies from Diane Springthorpe and , Michaela Doherty of Asda Colne, ahead of the primary school's Christmas Party with PC Mark Walker, Sgt Kim De Curtis and PCSO Ivan Hartley

The money stolen was raised from sales of school nativity tickets and the proceeds were going towards party food for all the children as well as gifts and prizes.

But after hearing of the school’s festive plight, Asda stepped in and agreed to donate everything the children needed for the party which had traditional games, a dancing competition and a visit from Father Christmas all lined up.

Colne police’s PC Mark Walker has also dipped into his pocket to donate and headteacher Andrew Peers is overwhelmed and extremely grateful.

Mr Peers said: “We were delighted when PC Mark Walker, one of the investigating officers, contacted us to say that he had been in touch with Asda colleagues at Colne to explain the situation and they had immediately stepped in by providing all the food for the children’s party this year.

“The spirit of goodwill really is alive. After all the upset and damage caused by the break in at least the children will be able to celebrate and enjoy their well earned Christmas party. Thank you Asda.”

And Diane Springthorpe, from Asda in Colne, added: “It’s a sad fact of life really that children have to suffer because of somebody doing something like this.

“We were pleased we could help. The headteacher was nearly in tears thanking us it meant so much which makes it all worthwhile.”