Teacher spearheading a campaign among local schools to help flood victims is wowed by March Cavalry School’s total

 Cavalry Primary School- Flood Fundraising

Cavalry Primary School- Flood Fundraising - Credit: Archant

A March teacher has spearheaded a campaign among schools in the area to raise funds for children hit by flooding in the West Yorkshire market town of Hebden Bridge.

 Cavalry Primary School- Flood Fundraising

Cavalry Primary School- Flood Fundraising - Credit: Archant

Cavalry School teacher Louise Wilson, who has links with Hebden Bridge, has headed up a non uniform day to raise money for the primary schools affected by the recent flooding.

Schools taking part are Guyhirn, Cavalry, All Saints, Benwick, Thomas Eaton, Townley, Westwood, Lionel Walden and Manea.

Most of the schools held their non uniform day on Friday and at the end of school, Cavalry alone had raised £650.

Mrs Wilson said: “I would just like to personally thank everyone for their support with the non-uniform day today. At the end of school I added the donations from nursery to those received in school and am amazed and overwhelmed to say that Cavalry raised an astonishing £650.

Flooding at Hebden Bridge

Flooding at Hebden Bridge - Credit: Archant

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“I had hoped that we would raise about £100. After seeing the devastation at three of the schools in Hebden Bridge, I cannot stress enough how beneficial this money will be. Thank you.”

She does not yet have a final total for all the schools involved in the fundraising, but will find out in the next few days.

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Mrs Wilson spent Christmas in her home town of Hebden Bridge along with her children Neve, Morgan and Isla who saw first hand the impact of the floods.

She said in the school’s newsletter that: “One of the most heartbreaking sights for me personally was seeing the entire contents of a primary school emptied to be thrown away. Their lovely resources piled high to be taken to the tip.

School affected by the flooding in Hebden Bridge

School affected by the flooding in Hebden Bridge - Credit: Archant

“Christmas angels created by the children were soggy and forlorn, a reminder that Christmas was short lived for many children in this area this year.

“The pupils of this school won’t return here for at least six months. At another school staff stood in the deep, thick, stinking mud of their playground, surrounded by the contents of their school and they burned confidential documents ruined by the flood water, along with what were once workbooks containing the hard work of their pupils.”

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