All aboard the library bus

Veka Group has helped to transform a double decker bus into a reading space for a local primary school, after it won thousands of online votes.

Children at Whittlefield Primary School were delighted to get a first look inside their new school library when it was officially opened by the Mayor of Burnley; a former pupil of the school. Veka worked with regional radio station 2BR to promote the ‘Veka Community Challenge’, where local projects could be nominated for a ‘big fix’.

The transformation is said to have taken five weeks, with help from a host of businesses across Lancashire and more than 750 hours of volunteered time.

Headteacher, Helen Kershaw, said: “We had the bus donated and had begun to do the basic groundwork, but turning it into a usable and beautiful library became an overwhelming challenge we simply couldn’t complete without help.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the work that Veka and all the other volunteers have done; it’s phenomenal and we’re so grateful! I even cried a little when I saw the completed top deck.

“Before this, we didn’t have the space for a dedicated library within the school, so it really will make an enormous difference for generations of pupils.

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