School crossing patrol to be kept running thanks to Thatchers Foundation donation
The Thatchers Foundation has made a donation to Sandford Primary School which will enable the School Crossing Patrol to remain running for the next twelve months.
Mrs Lin Williams, Executive Head at Sandford School, says, “A very big ‘Thank You’ to the Thatchers Foundation for kindly agreeing to fund the school crossing patrol for the next twelve months. Pupil safety is the school’s main priority, therefore to be able to maintain this service is essential.
“Without such generosity from Thatchers Foundation, this would not have been possible. Thanks once again to the Parish Council who covered the cost of our school crossing patrol for the last six months.”
North Somerset Council withdrew its school crossing patrol last year, at which point Sandford Parish Council stepped in to ensure the service continued for a further six months. Faced with the prospect of the service being cut totally, Sandford Primary School approached The Thatchers Foundation, who wanted to ensure the crossing patrol has sufficient funds to carry on.
Mrs Anne Thatcher, Trustee of the Thatchers Foundation added, “We are absolutely delighted to be able to step in and enable this vital service to be maintained for pupils at Sandford Primary School. For those of us who live and work in the village we know how important it is for the pupils and their parents to be vigilant of the traffic at school drop-off and pick-up time. It would be unthinkable not to have a pedestrian crossing or school patrol here, and when we heard that there was a dilemma over funding, it made total sense to contribute, which we do with a very willing heart.”
As part of the Thatchers Foundation donation of £4,000, Sandford School will also be holding a series of road safety sessions for all pupils.