Castle Douglas store lends a helping hand to local nursery

Team members from the Wilkinson store on Cotton Street, Castle Douglas, have donated seeds and plants to the Treasure Island Nursery in the town, after the children asked the store for help.

Staff and children from the nursery, on Queen Street, often visit the store to stock up on supplies such as craft materials, stationery items and gardening essentials. As part of the retailer’s Helping Hands scheme, the store’s team members were keen to make a donation to the nursery’s cause by providing runner bean plants and sunflower seeds for its garden. The Helping Hands initiative welcomes applications from local community and charity projects for monetary donations, Wilkinsons’ products or team members’ time, to provide extra support. The ten children at the nursery have each planted a sunflower seed marked with their name and are now keeping a watchful eye over them to see which one grows the tallest.

Claire Brewster, store manager, said: “The children and staff from Treasure Island Nursery are always a happy sight when they visit our store. We wanted to give something back and by donating the seeds and plants, we hope the children’s learning environment will be enhanced. As a team, we’re always keen to get out there in our local area and help wherever we can - the Helping Hands scheme allows us to do just that.”

Susan White, nursery manager, said: “The shipmates and crew at Treasure Island always enjoy our expeditions to the Wilkinson store in Castle Douglas for everything we need to keep the nursery shipshape, and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation.”

Helping Hands application forms can be collected from the store and once completed, should be returned to the store’s help desk. Successful applicants will be notified within three months of submission.