Charities give money after vandals lay waste to school

DONATIONS From left, Steve Hollinghurst, schoolchildren James, Phoebe and Hannah, Bob Mussellwhite and Rotarians Alex Reardon. Missing from the photo is Chris Thomas
DONATIONS From left, Steve Hollinghurst, schoolchildren James, Phoebe and Hannah, Bob Mussellwhite and Rotarians Alex Reardon. Missing from the photo is Chris Thomas
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THOUSANDS of pounds has been given to a school following an attack of vandalism.

Fareham-based charity the William Price Charitable Trust has donated £1,700 to St Francis School to pay for a two-day drama workshop.

Headteacher Steve Hollinghurst said the trust had wanted to do something to cheer up the school’s pupils who were distressed by the attack.

Mr Hollinghurst said: ‘When I spoke to the trust a few weeks ago they said they wanted to do something special for the children at the school because a lot of them were very upset about what happened.

‘We have a group called the Oily Cart Company coming for the workshop next autumn. They are national leaders at what they do.’

The school caters for more than 90 special-needs children.

The attack, which happened on November 8, caused £15,000 worth of damage as tiles were ripped off the roof and thrown through windows, graffiti was sprayed on walls and Christmas decorations were destroyed.

The school was forced to shut its doors for a week for the clean-up. Two teenagers were later arrested in connection with the attack.

The trust has also donated £2,000 to help the school maintain its hydrotherapy pool, which helps meet the special physical needs of the pupils.

Fareham Rotary Club gave £664.84 to the school, raised over three months by donations from shoppers at Rotary Wishing Well at Fareham Shopping Centre.

Members of the trust and the Rotary club presented cheques to the school during a visit.

Branch president Bob Mussellwhite said it was a pleasure to help.

Mr Mussellwhite said: ‘It’s an amazing place and we had a brilliant time there being shown around by the children.

‘It’s a very happy school.’

Mr Hollinghurst said: ‘The Rotary club and the trust have always been very supportive of us and we really appreciate the input they have. They are really a part of the school community.’