STAFF and children of a Peebles after school club who desperately longed for an outdoor play area have had their wish granted thanks to lots of little blue tokens.

School’s Out, a not for profit childcare service, scooped £4,000 in the latest Tesco Bags for Help scheme.

Director Clare Swan said she is over the moon.

She added: “Since opening in 2015 we have dreamed about making use of the small garden at the rear of Peebles Community Centre.

"An outdoor play space is going to make an enormous difference to the children who use our facility.

"Not only will children’s who attend School’s Out benefit, we will ensure the space is welcoming to all community centre users so everyone can enjoy spending time in our little garden.

“We are aiming to have the garden complete by the Easter holidays so all the children who attend our holiday club will benefit from this new space.

"We are very grateful to Tesco community champion Pauline Weir for her support and encouragement, and to the community who put their little blue tokens in our box.”

The Food Foundation based at Victoria Park which provides catering for elderly residents and opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the employment market, has received £2,000.

And Walkerburn Primary School has been given £1,000 to create a play area for the pupils and nursery children.