December 23, 2020
Construction workers and others working at Battersea Power Station have brought Christmas cheer to children at three local primary schools by donating books, games and toys to their pupils.
Members of staff at Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine, who are lead contractors for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the 42-acre Battersea Power Station regeneration project, have donated over 560 books, educational toys, games and gift vouchers to the schools as part of the annual ‘Give a Book for Christmas’ appeal.
The donations were presented to pupils at St Mary’s RC Primary School, St George’s CE Primary School and Griffin Primary School in Battersea last week to ensure that every child went home with a Christmas present.
Claire Mitchell, associate headteacher at St Mary’s said: “The generosity from the team at Battersea Power Station has been overwhelming. They have worked tirelessly to provide good quality children’s books, educational toys and gift vouchers to give to our children this Christmas. It has been a tough year for some of our families and we know they will be thrilled with the kindness that has come their way. Thank you to everyone at Battersea Power Station from your neighbours at St Mary’s RC Primary School.”
Councillor Will Sweet, the council’s cabinet member for education and children’s services, said: “This is a wonderful and generous gesture by workers at the Power Station and will bring lots of Christmas cheer to children at these three primary schools. I hope they enjoy reading the books over the Christmas holiday and are inspired to return to classrooms in January to talk enthusiastically about their favourite authors and their favourite books.”
Alex Baker, director of communities and sustainability at Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “The ‘Give a Book for Christmas’ appeal is a fantastic initiative and one that all of us at Battersea Power Station are delighted to support each year. 2020 has been challenging for everyone and coming together as a community has never been more important. We are proud to have been able to ensure that students at Griffin Primary School, St George’s CE Primary School and St Mary’s RC Primary School each received a present before heading home for the Christmas break.”
The Battersea Power Station Foundation, which was established by the shareholders of the development, has also given £30,000 of grants to several local organisations to support them this festive season. These include local charities Carney’s Community, Caius House, Providence House, FAST, Devas and Elays Network, which support young people in the community
Grants have also been made to the Rotary Club of Battersea Park, who will be sending £10 food vouchers to members who would usually attend their annual Christmas lunch, and to the food surplus charity, Waste Not Want Not, who will be providing Christmas dinners for people in need.
Visit the Battersea Power Station Foundation website to find out more.