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Hornchurch community comes together to support Ardleigh Green Infants School after flooding

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2018

Parents set up a just-giving page to raise money for Ardleigh Green Infants School after it was flooded. Photo: Ardleigh Green Infants School.

Parents set up a just-giving page to raise money for Ardleigh Green Infants School after it was flooded. Photo: Ardleigh Green Infants School.

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Parents have raised more than £4,000 in less than 24 hours after flooding caused a school to close for a week.

Ardleigh Green Infant School in Ardleigh Green Road closed on Monday, March 5 after flooding caused structural damage.

The school was inundated with responses from parents and members of the community wanting to support the school.

Sarah Davey, 40, from Ardleigh Green, set up a just-giving page on Wednesday, March 7.

Since then, more than £4,000 has already been donated for the £5,000 target.

One parent posted that her daughter donated £20 from her piggy bank which she had saved to buy toys.

Sarah told the Recorder: “Parents came up with the thought of a just-giving page to raise money for the school.

“The support from the community has been amazing, it’s been absolutely phenomenal. It has blown us away.”

Headteacher Val Morris added: “What a wonderful community Ardleigh Green is, and we are just so thankful for everyone.

“I am really thankful for having such a wonderful team of staff who have gone beyond the call of duty with the clear up process.

“I am also grateful to the junior colleagues who have been so hospitable in allowing us to use some of their work space for the children, and I would like to thank all the colleagues within the borough who have sent messages of support.”

David Irons, coordinator of the Ardleigh Green Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page has been helping share the just-giving page.

He said: “As a parent of a former pupil at Ardleigh Green it has always been very close to my heart, so any opportunity to give something back was always going to be of huge importance to me just like many others.”

Sarah visited the school on Thursday morning to see the damage. She said: “It was heart-breaking to see all of the children’s work that has been ruined.

“There’s no ceiling and a lot has had to be pulled down.”

Sarah’s youngest daughter, Poppy, six, is in Year 1 at Ardleigh Green Infants School and she is already eager to get back to school.

“[My children] are sad because they really do love their school, we’re all really devastated,” Sarah said.

“They are really ready to go back, and they’re concerned for the teachers, and their headteacher.

“Until something like this happens, you don’t realise how much people care – it’s been quite humbling.”


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