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Lichfield school celebrates after collecting donations from online shopping

A Lichfield school has received £800 after parents shopped via an online fundraising website.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School’s Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) signed up for the scheme which allows a portion of their spend at 2,700 stores to be given back to the school.

Chair of the PTA, Eileen Dorrian, said the money raised via local company had enabled them to buy things such as sports kits, books and play equipment.

“It helps raise money at no cost to us,” she said. “We are proud that we are working with a Lichfield based company and we would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters and retailers who help make it all possible.”

Among the retailers signed up to the scheme are Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco.

The fundraising scheme has seen thousands of good causes collect a share of £5million of donations since its launch in 2005.

The company was set up by Ian Woodroffe, a former telecoms account manager, who, while recovering from cancer, wanted to use the boom in internet shopping to help cash-strapped charities generate much needed funds.

“To reach £5 million generated for good causes is a fantastic milestone and I am absolutely delighted,” he said.

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