Seema Malhotra MP, Ray Singh of Russell Finex and Sarah Smith hold an envelope together
Seema Malhotra MP, Ray Singh of Russell Finex and Sarah Smith hold an envelope together

Beavers Community Primary School in Cranford has thanked Russell Finex for a £2000 donation which allowed almost 100 children in Reception to go to West Wittering Beach in Sussex.

The donation was facilitated by local MP Seema Malhotra, who heard that the school was unable to run the trip this year when visiting the school in March this year.

Sarah Smith, headteacher of Beavers Community Primary School, said: “The trip has been running for over ten years. We know it’s a very important part of the year for Reception children.”

“This year we recognised that the cost of living crisis had really affected some of the families from the school and we did have to consider cancelling this year.”

Malhotra secured an incredibly generous donation from Russell Finex which covered the costs of the school’s seaside trip, as well as an additional donation from Ealing Young Lions Club to cover any expenses the school was struggling with.

This donation meant that Beavers Community Primary School’s Reception class was able to go to the seaside in June this year.

Mrs. Smith added: “The impact has been huge on the children. It’s supported their personal development, social development, and their communication skills.”

“They’ve talked a lot about sandcastles and all the fun they had. Some of their parents were able to go too, so they have memories of that too.”

Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, said: “When Mrs. Smith told me that the school was having to cancel the trip, I felt we needed to do something about it.”

“When I was a child, growing up in Hounslow, some of my best memories were from going on the beach for a day in August. It meant everything to play and learn in that different environment.”

“I am incredibly grateful to Russell Finex for their generous donation and for supporting local children.”

Ray Singh, Chairman of Russell Finex, said: “We employ a lot of local people at Russell Finex and we see it as our duty to step in and help wherever we can.”

“We work very closely with a lot of schools and colleges in the local area. When we were asked to help, it just felt natural to step forward and help.”

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