People keen to donate to family who were fined for spending time with Waterlooville army dad

From left, Hayden, Keira, mum Corina and Lexy Peters
From left, Hayden, Keira, mum Corina and Lexy Peters
Newbridge Junior School Picture: Maria Bujor

Children in Need: Junior School has a pretty perfect Pudsey plan

  • Parents were fined by school for taking children out to see their army dad
  • He was away for two 14 week blocks of training
  • Mum, Corina, has asked people to donate to Help For Heroes instead
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KIND-HEARTED supporters have offered to pay the fine of a family charged for taking their children out of school to spend time with their army dad.

But mum-of-three Corina Peters has said she doesn’t want to take any money and instead asked that people make a donation to Help for Heroes.

He was serving for his country and he might be sent away for a long time

Wendy Major

As reported in The News, Gunner Dean Peters recently joined the army and was away for 14 weeks training.

The 31-year-old was allowed to return home for only six days before going away again for a further 14 weeks.

So they applied for authorised leave so Lexy, 11, Kiera, eight, and Hayden, seven, could spend time with their dad. Lexy is a student at Horndean Technology College, and she was given the go-ahead by the school.

But Kiera and Hayden, who both attend Woodcroft Primary School in Waterlooville, were denied permission and the family were fined £240 for taking them out of school.

Supporters have been getting in touch with The News, eager to make a donation. Wendy Major, 65, used to live in Havant. She said: ‘I know it’s at the discretion of the school but he was serving for his country and he might be sent away for a long time.

‘I do feel that especially with what’s going on in the world at the moment they should have been a bit more lenient.

‘It’s rather a lot of money on top of Christmas. I know what it’s like. I have got three boys myself.’

Nolan Bird, from Denmead, added: ‘To say I’m disgusted with the school’s decision is a understatement

‘It’s not right that Mr Peters should be worrying about paying this ridiculous fine before Christmas.

‘So we would like to take the worry away from him, as he’s got enough to think about.

Corina, 29, from Lovedean, said: ‘The fine wasn’t the issue. We can afford to pay it.

‘There are some lovely people out there that want to do nice things. I have had another offer for a donation.

‘But I couldn’t take their money. If they want to donate then they should make a donation to Help for Heroes.’

John Webster, acting headteacher at Woodcroft Primary School said the request for absence was considered but it was not considered to be an exceptional circumstance.

Please visit helpforheroes.org.uk to donate.