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Shopping online has a cash spin-off for two Kendal schools
ONLINE shopping with some of the UK’s biggest retailers is now set to benefit two Kendal schools.
Shoppers who buy goods online from stores including Tesco, Lakeland, Amazon and Expedia will be donating to both Queen Katherine School and Kirkbie Kendal School at no extra cost, thanks to the ‘School Angel’ project developed by parent, Dr Chris Cottam.
“I had the spare time and I realised what a great way it could be for schools to raise extra money,” said the 44-year-old, who has children at QKS, Kirkbie Kendal and Heron Hill.
“So many people shop online and I realised that if, at no extra cost to the shopper, some of that money could be used to help schools then why wouldn’t someone want to try it?”
All internet shoppers need to do, he explained, was access a store’s website through a link on the School Angel website and a percentage of whatever they spent would be given to the school of their choice – or they could select to donate to ‘all schools’.
Currently only the two Kendal secondary schools are signed up to the scheme, although it is hoped more will be incorporated if it proves successful.
Dozens of major online retailers have now agreed to take part, including Argos, Thomson and M&S.
“The charity has a website from which you can click through to do your shopping, book holidays and hotels,” continued Dr Cottam.
“Everytime you use the site to make a purchase the company you have bought from has agreed to make a donation to help the school.
“It is similar to many cashback sites, but the important difference is that all the profit goes to help schools.” QKS, which will use cash raised to buy sports equipment, agreed to be one of the pilots of the scheme ahead of it being rolled out across the South Lakes. It is hoped around 60 schools in the area will benefit eventually.
“I have no interest in making money from it,” continued Dr Cottam, 44. “But I do feel passionately that this could be a real game-changer in the way schools raise money.”
Stephen Wilkinson, executive headteacher of QKS, said: “We are proud to be piloting it on behalf of other schools in the South Lakes.”
Kirkbie Kendal head Phil Hyman said: “It is so simple that it is brilliant.”
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