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Hinckley & Rugby Building Society donates to local primary school as part of maths challenge

Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has donated prizes to primary school children in Leicestershire, as part of a maths project run by local charity, Leicestershire Cares.

Year Four pupils at Queensmead Primary Academy in Leicester won the maths games after taking part in an online version of Number Partners – a scheme which normally sees volunteers visit local primary schools to play maths-based board games with children in a bid to help them improve their maths skills and confidence with numbers. The winning team was one of 18 schools across Leicestershire who took part.

Having volunteered with the project since 2012, Hinckley & Rugby Building Society provided the prizes and made a video featuring ‘real’ pirates for The Great Pirate Treasure Hunt maths challenge, in place of its usual volunteering experience.

Mary Richards, Assistant Principal at Queensmead Primary Academy, said:

“Year Four pupils at QPA thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Number Partners Great Pirate Treasure Hunt challenges and, after being announced the lucky winners of the competition, we were delighted to meet the ‘pirates’ in real life when the children were presented with certificates and prizes. QPA’s proud winners cannot wait to try out the new maths games!”

The children were presented with their certificates and prizes earlier this month by Hinckley & Rugby Building Society volunteers, (and pirates) Carla Loughrey and Evan Crosskey, who are part of a team of volunteers who visit Manorfield Primary School in Stoney Stanton as part of Number Partners.

Assistant PR & Marketing Manager, Carla Loughrey explained:

“We’ve really missed our weekly visits to Manorfield Primary over this last year. So, when Leicestershire Cares asked us if we could provide our support remotely, we were only too happy to help! We had such fun making the video and it was a real treat to visit the pupils at Queensmead who won the maths games – they were so welcoming and pleased to see us. We’re really looking forward to getting back to face-to-face volunteering when it’s safe and sensible.”