School fire appeal success

It was a disaster that could have taken years for the fire ravaged school to recover from.But thanks to hoards of people generously donating money, books and toys to Barnham Broom Primary School after reading about the pupil's plight in the EDP, that looks set to change.

It was a disaster that could have taken years for the fire ravaged school to recover from.

But thanks to hoards of people generously donating money, books and toys to Barnham Broom Primary School after reading about the pupil's plight in the EDP, that looks set to change.

Last week arsonists targeted the newly refurbished school not only destroying the main activity room and classroom but also turning thousands of pounds of educational and play equipment to ashes.

Desperate to help their school 10-year-olds Josh Jenkins, Dec Moore, Lucy Ellis, George Bradfield and his brother Harry, 7, appealed for donations to replace equipment destroyed in the arson attack.


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And just days later the response has been so overwhelming the pupil's playrooms are already stuffed with items to go to the school once repairs are complete.

Mum Heather Jenkins said: “We've been inundated with offers of help. The response has been so good. We've just spent days driving all over Norfolk picking up donations.

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“One elderly gentleman who used to be a pupil at Barnham Broom offered me the run of his bookcase. A nine-year old girl from Brundall Primary has donated her colouring books and pencils.

“A book company wishing to remain anonymous has given us £4,000 worth of books. When an undertaker offered us some bodies we were a bit gobsmacked but then they explained they meant people to help clear away the wreckage.

“The teachers and headteacher Keith Wright can't believe how generous everyone is being. The children are thrilled.”

John Lewis has donated a 32in flatscreen television and DVD recorder, Sainsbury's Costessey has given £120 of dressing up clothes, Bennetts Electrical has given two DVD players, Kerrison Toys has offered toys and Norwich and Peterborough has given £200 for toys.

And today Mrs Jenkins will be taking the only surviving item of the fire, a teddy used as a mascot, to Norwich to find a fireman's uniform for it.

The school is due to reopen next Monday. Some areas damaged by the fire could take up to six weeks to repair.

If you can donate books and games call Mrs Bradfield on 07765687912 or Mrs Jenkins on 07724052793.

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