Northamptonshire school appeal to public to pay ‘ransom’ after staged kidnap of lollipop lady

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A Northamptonshire primary school has asked members of the public to cough up money to bring back its lollipop lady after a fundraising stunt.

Blisworth Community Primary School has filmed their prized crossing patrol officer Mrs Dunkley being taken away by crooks in a wheelbarrow.

Children will be shown the footage during assembly today and then handed copies of a ransom note asking for their parents to donate to get her back.

The stunt was the idea of PTA parent who wondered how best to show life without Mrs Dunkley, whose £3,000 per year pay has to be scraped together from several sources every year.

Headteacher Celia Irwin said: “We aren’t allowed to use our own funds as the must only be spent on education. The parish council put £1,000 towards it every year and we’ve had businesses sponsor her, but we are a bit short.”

The crossing patrol will be manned by adults today to ensure pupils can cross safely as normal.

The school hopes the general public will text donations to ensure Mrs Dunkley’s ‘safe return’.


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To help keep a lollipop lady at the school and ensuring the safety of the children, text LOLI22 and the amount you want to donate to

70070 (i.e to donate £5 text LOLI22 £5 to 70070).

You can donate the following amounts by text: £1 £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10.

If you’d like to donate more either send several texts or contact BlisworthPTA@gmailAcom.

Texts are charged at your normal network rate. You’ll receive a follow-up text to confirm your donation and details of how to add gift aid. The school receives the full amount of your donation.