London schools in line for £10k boost

London schools are being given the chance to win a makeover jackpot to help breathe fresh life into their facilities.

Leading decorating and DIY specialist Leyland SDM has heralded the start of the new academic year by launching its new Big School Makeover campaign.

Primary and secondary schools from across the capital can stake their claim for the prize, with one lucky winner scooping £5,000 worth of paint and DIY products to make a real difference to their building.

Two other London schools will win £2,500 each to spend at Leyland SDM as runners-up.

Martin Hastings, CEO of Leyland SDM, said: “We’re delighted to launch our new Big School Makeover initiative.

“It is no secret that schools are feeling the financial squeeze as much as any group. Even paying for simple items such as stationery is proving difficult, so renovation work has certainly taken a back seat for most.

“The Big School Makeover prize fund will give one school the opportunity to make long-lasting, significant improvements for the benefit of pupils and staff, without affecting budgets.

“We are a London centric business with 33 stores in prominent stores in the capital. We’re passionate about the city and its communities and this is just one way we’re demonstrating our support this year.”

Any school in London can enter the competition simply by visiting and submitting 100 words explaining how the funding would help.

Entries are open from now until midnight on October 20. A judging team at Leyland SDM will create a 10-school shortlist before a public vote is held to decide the winner.

The winning school will be able to select any products from Leyland SDM’s extensive range, including paint from leading brands, tools, timber and plumbing parts.

Martin added: “We will assist the winning school to get the right materials they need to make the maximum impact.

“We’re very excited to forge a new partnership with a school and make a real impact on the local community.”

Leyland SDM has become one of the most recognisable and trusted decorating and DIY retail brands in central London, with stores in some of the capital’s most prominent locations.

Its stores stock a comprehensive range of thousands of products across all departments, including paint and decorating essentials, building materials, electrical fittings, tools, plumbing equipment, ironmongery and much more, all under one roof.

Some of the biggest and best-known DIY brands are available at Leyland SDM, including Farrow & Ball, Tesa, Bahco, Bosch, Purdy, Dulux Trade, Leyland Trade, Stanley, Ronseal and DEWALT.

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