Bradford pupils “dressed to thrill” after striking gold in 60th birthday grant win

Youngsters from a Bradford school are putting their shirts on their diamond jubilee year being in a class of its own – thanks to a Yorkshire environmental company.

For St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Bradford Road, Clayton, is to clothe all 256 pupils in a specially-designed commemorative polo shirt after it “struck gold” in its application to the Leo Group for help in turning its plans into reality.

The big-hearted firm, based at Halifax and with operations at Denholme, Bradford, awarded the school £1,500 from its Community Fund, which supports needy charities and grassroots organisations across West Yorkshire.

The school’s family liaison officer, Sharon Langford, said the donation would crown the 60th anniversary celebration.

She said:

“The money gives us the opportunity to present every child and some staff with a special polo shirt in gold – set to become our new colour – and with the new St Anthony’s school badge embroidered on.

“The children will be wearing the shirts for an aerial photograph of the school planned in May – one of the highlights of our jubilee year.

“They will also be wearing them when we open up the school to the wider community so it too can share in our birthday celebrations in a range of events we have planned to mark our special year.”

Catherine Horn, the Leo Group’s community liaison officer, said:

“Tens of thousands of people have passed through the school gates of St Anthony’s since it first opened its doors in 1954 and it is close to the hearts of people living in the local community.

“This is a fitting and eye-catching way for the school to mark its diamond jubilee and we are delighted to be able to support this initiative.

“We congratulate it on the academic contribution it has made to the lives of so many people over the past 60 years, and wish it every success in carrying on this momentum in the next 60 years and beyond.”

The Leo Group, which employs more than 400 people across its 10 operational sites in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is at the forefront of the recycling and green energy sectors. 

Its Community Fund supports a variety of good causes across its Bradford and Calderdale heartland – particularly those that benefit children – and has made a key contribution to the £200,000 that the company has donated in the past two years.

Leo St Anthony's
Pictured are pupils Ellie Castleden, Laxmi Rai, Thomas Kehoe, Rhiannon Menic, Kaden Henry, Katie Monaghan, Catherine Horn (back row, left) of the Leo Group, and teacher Madeleine Bannister

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