Sponsored playground walk to keep Lollipop lady

A school near Northampton is raising money to keep their school crossing patrol, or lollipop lady as they used to be called. Children took to their playground for a sponsored walk to raise the £2,700 needed to fund the service for another year.

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Sponsored walk to raise money to keep Lollipop lady

Blisworth Community Primary School on their sponsored playground walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Children from Blisworth Community Primary near Northampton have taken part in a sponsored playground walk to raise money to fund their Lollipop Lady.

The School needs to raise £2,700 to pay for the School Crossing Patrol for another year.

School Crossing Patrol at Blisworth Community Primary Credit: ITV News Anglia

The school is on the busy A43 road and parents say they need a Crossing Patrol to keep the children safe.

School Governor Jane Percival said."I'm afraid otherwise children would be killed as the road is so very busy, just on a junction."

Children set off on their sponsored playground walk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire County Council said. "In 2010, we announced that we would have to withdraw funding for school crossing patrol officers as part of having to make £73 million in-year savings.

As a result, a new scheme was developed which means that the patrollers are employed by the council and the school crossing patrol service will be cost neutral to the county council, being paid for by the communities themselves."

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