Sefton Central Labour MP judges Formby School Challenge

Bill Esterson is pictured with the winning team from Our Lady of Compassion Primary School


Bill Esterson, Formby’s Labour MP presented the prize to the winner of the Formby schools £10 challenge.

Fifty teams from primary schools in Formby were each given £10 to come up with a community project.

Bill was one of four judges who watched presentations for seven finalists, each representing one of the schools which took part.

The winners were Our Lady of Compassion Roman Catholic Primary School for their entertainment evening for the elderly people of Maryland Residential Home.

The team organised an afternoon of activities at Range High School and also went to Maryland to entertain those residents who were unable to travel to the event.

The MP judged the event with Nick Giles, one of the England junior hockey team, Helen Wakefield of Windmills who organised the event and Barbara Corlett of Save The Children.

Bill said: “The finalists were all of a very high standard and there were a number of projects where the children helped elderly and disabled people in Formby.

"One of the teams sold Fairtrade products and gave the proceeds to Cafod to help with projects in the third world, so the activities had a global and a local flavour.

"The children clearly learned a lot about working together, about raising money and about making a difference. I was very impressed with Windmills who organised the event and I know they would like to extend the event in future years. It was also great to see High School students helping the teams and the students clearly benefitted from working with the younger children.

"I believe that improving the links between primary schools and high schools is really important as it helps the younger children in the transition to high school events like the Formby Schools Challenge are a great way of helping younger children to develop and the event has clearly helped a lot of people, young and old alike."

One of the comments which really impressed the judges was when the children from Our Lady’s told us that one of the residents had thought the project was a prank. They soon realised that the children were helping the elderly residents and were convinced to go to the entertainment event. Well done to the winning team and to all the finalists.

"I hope that the event continues as it is a great way of people of all ages coming together, for young people to become involved in their community and to break down barriers and suspicion.”