The Friends of Capel Manor Primary School (CMPS) have received a £5,000 grant to fund an outdoor reading garden for their pupils and the school community.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The Friends of Capel Manor Primary school provides enrichment activities and enhanced learning experiences for all children at the school. The group organises fundraisers such as quiz nights, cake sales and fairs to help raise money for equipment and resources to enhance the educational environment. The grant will be used to provide an outdoor reading garden for all pupils, with the children themselves contributing to the design and layout.

Mrs T Kilkenny, Head Teacher of the school, said: “We want to promote an enjoyment of reading at every opportunity and know our children will love reading in the garden and this will help them to be more creative. We are grateful to Anna Lettieri from our local bank branch and the Santander Foundation for their kindness.”

Anna Lettieri, Customer Service Adviser at Santander’s Enfield Market Chambers branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Capel Manor Primary School’s reading garden and hope the donation makes a real difference to the children.”

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Stephanie Harris at Santander                        Tel: 020 7756 4221          M: 07841 506 668           E:

Tracy Kilkenny at The Friends of CMPS           Tel: 01992 764087

About Friends of Capel Manor Primary school

The Friends of Capel Manor Primary school fundraise to provide enrichment activities and enhanced learning experiences for all children at the school. For more information please visit:

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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