Birmingham special school scoops prize in national contest

A special school in Birmingham will be able to develop its woodland area after scooping the £1,250 second prize in a national competition.

Wilson Stuart School in Perry Common was one of 12 finalists in a public vote hoping to be crowned champion in the 2021 Selco Stars contest.

The school finished in second place with almost 1,500 votes – a 15 per cent share.

Leading builders merchant Selco Builders Warehouse – which has a branch in Tyburn on Chester Road – organised the competition, designed to support charities and community groups.

The dozen good causes, including Wilson Stuart School, shared £6,000 worth of building materials prior to the grand finale public vote.

Thrilled executive headteacher Simon Harris said: “It’s been fantastic to be involved with Selco Stars and we’re absolutely delighted to finish second and secure this funding.

“We have been able to build wheelchair friendly paths around the school with the £500 already received from Selco. This additional £1,250 means we can start improving the forest area within our grounds, making it accessible for our pupils.

“This will open up exciting new learning opportunities for our children. Thank you, Selco.”

The £1,250 second prize was awarded in recognition of Selco’s 125th anniversary.

Helping Homeless Veterans UK in Poole ran out overall winners in the competition with 28 per cent of the vote, securing the £5,000 top prize in the process.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “The Selco Stars campaign has been hugely successful with hundreds of applications and more than 10,000 votes.

“We had some amazing finalists, all of which do incredible work in their communities. A huge congratulations to Wilson Stuart School for finishing in second place.

“It really is an amazing school which very clearly does everything it can to give its pupils the best learning experience. The new forest area will be a huge asset for years to come and I’m proud that Selco has played a part in that.”

With hundreds of trade brands always in stock, Selco’s 70 UK branches are firmly focused on helping tradespeople complete their jobs as quickly and effectively as possible.

As well as offering trade services, Selco also has a strong digital presence including Click & Deliver, a Click & Collect service and a new website.

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