Community Champions

Family firm calls on fellow businesses to support school library appeal

Written by Peter Davison.

A Wiltshire plumbing company is hoping to tap into the generosity of fellow businesses, and help raise £11,000 for a school to build a new library.

John and Debbie Williams of John Williams Heating Services are calling on local businesses to support three proactive school children who want a better library at their primary school.

Lily, Freja and Jacob are all students at St Peter’s C of E Academy in Lords Mead. They decided to ask local businesses to help fund creating a better library for their school – and their letters formed part of a ‘persuasive’ writing task.

At the moment the library is more of a corridor and is badly in need of updating. The proposed project will cost about £11,000 and money is also be raised by the Friends of St Peter’s Academy.

Mark Everett, the headteacher of St Peter's said: “Our children really enjoy reading and have loved some of books to bits! We would love to update our library facilities for the children and are really grateful to John Williams Heating for kindly supporting us in this venture.”

The school’s budget cannot stretch to refurbishing and updating the library space so students came up with the idea of asking ten businesses to donate £100 each towards the total cost. So two businesses have come forward – John Williams Heating Services is one and the second is Chippenham Motor Company.

“We admire the proactive stand taken by these children,” Debbie Williams said. “They are not only showing their writing skills, but they are also doing it for the benefit of their school and the pupils of the future.

“I’m asking other local businesses to dig deep and reward the efforts being made by these young students who are all about ten years old. Perhaps a business could sponsor a bookcase? We’re thrilled to be able to do our bit to support these young people.”

Anyone interested in donating to the library project can contact the school on 01249 653537.