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Kids feel the benefit of Arla's You Choose Challenge

Press Release   •   Apr 26, 2006 10:30 BST

There's been extra fun for children in Scotland thanks to distribution employees who won the Arla You Choose Challenge.

Jeff Spencer, senior traffic manager at Lockerbie, gave his share of the challenge's Outward Bound fund to his local primary school, in nearby Hightae.

Seven lucky pupils spent a weekend in March at Outward Bound's Ullswater centre and enjoyed being snowed in for an extra night.

"I wanted to give the children the chance to broaden their horizons and gain some new, important skills," said Jeff.

Hightae head teacher, Judith Jardine, said: "The children had an absolutely wonderful time."

Another Scottish school to benefit from Arla's support was St Patrick's in Coatbridge, thanks to Mark Traynor, who worked at Arla's former distribution depot in the town.

Two groups of 15-year-olds spent a week at Loch Eli Outward Bound centre near Ben Nevis.

Paul Riley, Outward Bound coordinator at the school, said: "Thanks to Arla's donation, children who wouldn't normally be given the opportunity to have an action-packed week away have really benefited from the experience."

The Arla You Choose Challenge, held last July in the Lake District, was a result of the company's commitment to the Outward Bound Trust following a visit to the former Leeds dairy by the Duke of York, a few years ago.

Arla Foods UK plc is home to some of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Cravendale, Lurpak and Anchor. Processing approximately two billion litres of milk a year Arla continues to be one of the UK’s leading dairy companies and a supplier of fresh liquid milk and cream to the top seven retailers.

Over 2,500 daily deliveries are made directly to stores nationwide and Arla brands can be found across the dairy category. As well as the leader of the butter, spreads and margarine sector, and a major supplier of other added value products including flavoured milk and cheese, Arla continues to build working relationships with Arla Foods Milk Partnership, a unique group of dairy farmers, which supplies around 90 per cent of Arla's total milk requirements.

Behind this leading business is a team of circa 2,800 people across the UK located at our dairies, distribution centres and head office.