Children at Guilden Morden C of E Primary Academy will soon be fitter thanks to a £4000 grant to help install play equipment.

The money – from supermarket giant Tesco – will go towards the cost of building an agility trail in the school’s playground.

It has come from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, whereby shoppers vote for their favourite community project.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with the environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of community projects every year.

Voting took place in November and December with customers choosing which local project they would like to benefit by using a token given to them at the checkout.

The money will go towards the £9000 cost of the play equipment. Local company GSK has donated £1000, which together with further cash raised by the school, takes it closer to the total amount. However, £1000 still needs to be raised and the school is appealing for more local donations.

Headteacher Jeremy Fisher said: “We are extremely grateful, not to only to Tesco but also to parents, carers and staff who shopped in Tesco and voted for our project. We hope the new play equipment will be in place by the end of the summer term.”

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community added: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we have been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.”