Mother and daughter on mission to help keep schoolchildren safe

Community Corner have supplied jackets to the Red Hackle football club.
Community Corner have supplied jackets to the Red Hackle football club.

A kind-hearted mother and daughter are backing a new project intended to help keep schoolchildren safe when out and about.

Cheryl McDonald and Lynne Davis are aiming to provide more than 3,000 high-visibility vests to nurseries and primary schools across South Tyneside.

The project is being funded by cash raised from the sale of donated goods at their Community Corner shop in Jarrow. It is one of a number of good causes the pair have supported since launching the fundraising venture.

The high-vis vests will be printed with the schools’ logos and numbers.

Miss McDonald said: “We think the high-vis vests will help keep children safe while on school trips and outings.

“It will also make it easier for teachers to identify their pupils if there is more than one school on the same trip.

We fell proud to be able to help our community

Cheryl McDonald

“We just feel incredibly proud to be in the position we are, to be able to help our community and schools.”

Community Corner recently presented Biddick Hall Junior School in South Shields with vests.

The pair have also helped Jarrow’s Red Hackle pub football team by paying for jackets.

Lee Hughes, manager of the Perth Avenue pub, said: “I’ve been sponsoring the Red Hackle football team for the past seven years, with their pitch fees and strips.

“They came and asked about training jackets, so we approached Community Corner to see if they could help.

“It’s really hard to get funding for adult football teams, so it was really nice for Community Corner to step forward and sponsor their jackets.”