Parents rally to help school after burst pipe causes flood

Parents rally to help school after burst pipe causes flood

by Tom Martin (March 2021)

Parents have launched a fundraiser to support a local primary school in Ormskirk after a burst pipe caused significant flood damage. 

Just as children were about to return to some normality by getting back in the classrooms, a pipe burst at Westhead Lathom St James' Church of England Primary School on Saturday 13th March and meant the youngsters were forced to stay at home.

Headteacher Helen Clark told the Champion that their insurance policy won’t cover the damage, which included computers and carpets.

An online fundraiser created by parents has already raised more than £3,000.

It states: “The children and staff have been left without resources, computers, carpets etc. just when we thought life was just getting back to normal for everyone. The children are off school again and dealing with more sadness.

“Even though the school has the top insurance this actually doesn‘t cover water damage from something that isn‘t caused by the weather.”

One way they are raising money is through a marathon walk on the 28th March, with some of the pupils taking part.

Helen Clark, headteacher at Westhead Lathom St James Church of England Primary school, said: "Although our insurance covers most eventualities, unfortunately, it does not cover the cost of repairing the damage caused by this flood.

"We're working to repair the building and replace the damaged equipment as soon as we can. We are grateful to parents for their fundraising efforts."

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