Rugby primary school comes to rescue of charity targeted by burglars - The Rugby Observer

Rugby primary school comes to rescue of charity targeted by burglars

Rugby Editorial 25th Nov, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well at a Rugby primary school which raised funds for a charity shop after callous burglars left it with a four-figure repair bill.

Kind pupils at Paddox Primary School donated the proceeds of their non-uniform day to the Headway shop in Clifton Road, which faced a £1,000 bill when thieves crashed their way into the store by destroying a section of the ceiling – as reported by The Observer in September.

The school presented the charity – which helps people rebuild their lives following brain injury – with a cheque for nearly £450, which will be added to an anonymous donation of £1,000 made by a good samaritan who read The Observer’s report.

Head teacher Jane Le Poidevin said the gesture had extra significance for the school because a parent of one of its pupils has recently had brain surgery.

She said: “The condition of that parent has impacted on many other parents, and we had a non-uniform day coming up, so we thought it would be a nice thing to do because the two were linked. We could support the family which was having a tough time, and support the charity which had been burgled.

“We explained to the children why we’d chosen Headway, and that we wanted to support the family. And they learned about what Headway does.

“The kids were absolutely brilliant and they were fully supportive, as were the parents.”

She added her dismay that thieves targeted the charity, which was left to pick up the pieces after the burglars trashed the shop’s shelves and donations before stealing a safe containing nearly £70 and a charity collection box.

“It’s very sad that they decided to pick on any charity really,” she said. “Charities are always trying to do the right thing to support people who need it, and it really hit home to us because we’ve got a parent who currently needs it.”

“We’re always proud to help the community. It’s a key part of what we do in raising the chidlren’s awareness to life beyond the school gates.”

A Headway spokeswoman said: “Everyone at the Headway shop feels incredibly supported by the local community and media.

“We are particularly pleased that it is a primary school getting behind supporting the cause, as brain injury is an incredibly complex issue and it is important to educate young people about the effects and help available.”

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