Fundraising Schoolboy Raises Flag on B&M's New Accrington Store
A schoolboy who helped raise £103,000 worth of funds for a revamped play area officially opened B&M’s new Accrington store today.
The creation of the Home Store and Garden centre has led to a further 45 new jobs for the local community.
The variety retailer, one of the fastest growing in the UK, already has a B&M Bargains store on Union Street in the town centre.
Situated at the former Homebase on Hyndburn Road, the store was opened by Mayor of Accrington, Councillor Musif Dad alongside 11-year-old David Reid.
David was nominated for the role as part of B&M’s Local Hero award; given to an organisation or person who make a significant contribution to the community.
The youngster has tirelessly campaigned and fundraised for a new play area in Hyndburn, to replace the existing dangerous area.
This was officially opened last month, after the funding was put together by Hyndburn Borough Council and local Primary Schools.
David had initially tried to gain £30,000 for the play area from a national competition, however his efforts, including the mailing of more than 500 flyers at his own expense, led him to second place; narrowly missing out.
Over the course of a few years, David has raised over £2000 himself, through a 12 mile sponsored walk and selling items at fetes and jumble sales.
In recognition of his achievements, David, who was also previously awarded the Accrington Inspire Award, cut the ribbon on the store and was also given £250 worth of B&M vouchers.
David’s dad spoke of the success of the new play area.
He said: “The play area used to get two or three children on from time to time, but now every day is bringing numbers of up to 35.”
B&M’s latest retail opportunity in Accrington will sell products that aren’t available in the already existing Bargain store such as paint, wallpaper, flooring and an extensive home and living range.
The addition of the garden centre will also be sure to set keen gardeners pulses racing in time for summer, as they’ll now be able to purchase from the wide variety of gardening appliances and equipment in stock.
Paul Broadbent, store manager at B&M Accrington Hyndburn said: “We wanted a true VIP to officially open our new store and what better way than to ask for nominations of those who make a real difference to people’s lives in and around Accrington.
“We wanted someone who went that extra mile and who we could give something back to for a change.”