Arson-hit school’s joy

From left, Samay, ten, Olivia, ten, and headteacher Darran Nash, look at the damaged summerhouse which was destroyed by fire in the summer holidays, at Gilded Hollins Community Primary School, Leigh
From left, Samay, ten, Olivia, ten, and headteacher Darran Nash, look at the damaged summerhouse which was destroyed by fire in the summer holidays, at Gilded Hollins Community Primary School, Leigh
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WORK is set to begin this summer on raising a blaze-hit school Phoenix-like from the ashes after its outbuilding was destroyed by arsonists.

Gilded Hollins Primary will rebuild the amenity after an appeal launched by two generous mums, Nicola Westwell and Lyndsay Johnson, reached its £10,000 target - and more!

As well as holding numerous charitable events since Christmas, they also encouraged various firms and organisations across the borough to donate cash.

Now builders will take over the school during the holidays in a bid to be rebuilt in time for the new academic year.

Not only this but an Awards for All grant will help to develop a sensory garden.

And Tesco has kindly offered to supply the children with a log cabin.

Headteacher Darran Nash said he couldn’t be happier that the area will be fully restored.

He added: “None of this would have been possible without the generosity of these people, businesses and organisations who have raised and donated as much money as they could.”

The campaign was launched after the summerhouse was torched last summer. It was burned to the ground and the flames also damaged a nearby greenhouse which caused more than £2,000 of damage. The arson attack at Leigh’s Gilded Hollins also wrecked several trees. Money donated by Leigh Rotary Club will also be used to create an orchard and plant a wishing tree.

Plans to hold after school clubs with the English Karate Academy and local graffiti artist Ian Edmondsom will be able to start up again upon the completion of the restoration.

The community spirit has been noted by authority figures from around the borough including Lord Smith, leader of Wigan Council, and MP Andy Burnham who also backed the scheme, as did John Hughes from Hughes Brothers Construction which has pledged to provide the construction and groundworks with help from his suppliers. Optician Conlons, local councillors and Leigh Rugby Union also donated money.