22nd Feb 2013


Children at Grange Primary School, Ribbleton, Preston, have secured a £500 donation for a Lancashire children’s hospice from North West based Seddon Construction after winning a competition run by the company.

Pupils at Grange Primary sent in the winning entry in a competition to find the best pictures of company representativeSeddy Bear – a red teddy bear dressed in construction gear – having an adventure.

The Grange pupils took a mini soft toy version of Seddy on a trip to the Tower Wood Outdoor Education at Lake Windemere where his exploits included caving, tree climbing, sailing (including being capsized), kayaking, driving a boat and hiking. The pictures of Seddy enjoying himself in the Lake District were chosen by the Seddon Construction management team as the winning shots and secured pupils a £500 donation from Seddon to a charity of their choice.

SeddyBear himself visited the school to present children with a £500 cheque for the DerianHouse Children’s Hospice at Chorley.

Grange Primary School teacher Samantha Whiteley says: "Every day at the outdoor centre brought new challenges for the children to face. Some of these were to do with the extensive adventurous activities and some to do with capturing Seddy Bear in imaginative places to help them win the competition. The children were delighted that their hard work (and fun) paid off and that they have been able to donate the money to a worthy charity that they have chosen themselves."

Susie Poppitt, fundraising manager for Derian House, adds: "We are absolutely thrilled with this donation, all the more so because Derian House was chosen as the beneficiary of the £500 by the staff and children themselves.We would like to say a huge thank-you to them, and of course, to Seddon for staging the competition and providing the £500 donation.”

"Seddyclearly had a fantastic time with the Grange Primary pupils, they looked after him well during his adventures and we loved the fun photos they sent in,” says Seddon Construction community projects manager Maggie Heap.

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