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Flood Fund Soars with Help From Schools

4 Dec 1970
Town Hall, Manchester Road, Burnley

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Spiros Dronsniotis of Barden School, surrounded by schoolmates, presents the money to the Mayor and Mayoress.

The Mayor of Burnley's fund for the victims of the East Pakistan cyclone and tidal wave disaster is already nearing the £1,000 mark and there are still donations to come in from collection boxes. The latest figure is £806. 3s. 11d and this includes Burnley corporation's donation of £250. Although pleased with the response the Mayor, Alderman E. J. Willis reminded the public this week that there was still a desperate need for aid clothing and other relief even though publicity about the disaster had died down.

The disaster has particularly caught the attention of local school children including Barden School who presented £25 to the Mayor this week. The money, collected in only four days by boys from 4R and the immigration reception class, was collected from class to class and organised by staff member Mr N. Gregson. Rosehill Junior School pupils have also worked hard and raised £12 for the fund. A cheque was presented to Alderman Willis at the town hall by pupils David Leng (8) of Glen View Road and Lesley Wolstenholme (9) of Manchester Road. Assistant headmaster Mr. H. Waddington was present when the money was handed over. Burnley Lane Baptist Church has given £100 from the contingency fund and a collection at Nelson and Colne College of Further Education raised £61 13s. 11d. which will be sent to the Mayor of Nelson's fund for the victims. The £20 raised from last month's schools concert in Padiham is to be sent to the disaster fund. Pupils from St. Matthew's, Padiham Green and Simonstone schools took part in the concert which was held at St. Matthew's School.

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