Girl banned from school trip for attending mum's funeral

Celebrities have joined those voicing their outrage after an 11-year-old girl was banned from a school trip, designed as a reward for pupils with 100 per cent attendance rates... because she went to her mother's funeral.

Live updates

£2,000 donated to hospice which helped girl's mother

More than £2,000 has now been raised Credit: JustGiving

More than £2,000 has been donated to a Warwickshire Hospice in memory of a mother from the Midlands who died of cancer earlier this year.

Gail Stevens' daughter Maddie set up a JustGiving page to raise money.

Donations have come in thick and fast since it emerged her school, St Giles Junior in Bedworth, had banned 11-year-old Maddie from a school trip which rewarded students with 100 per cent attendance, because she had taken a day off for her mother's funeral.

Maddie's father, Andy, said the support has been overwhelming.

"We really cannot believe it. It’s gone completely mad, and we’ve had so many offers. It’s just been unbelievable.

We did not expect any of this, and we didn’t tell our story because we wanted something.

It’s been great that there have not been many people who think we were wrong to complain about it.

We’ve had all sorts of offers coming through from people who want to pay for Maddie to have a meal.

But the nicest thing of all is that donations for Maddie’s Myton Hospices charity page have gone mad. That’s absolutely brilliant."

– Andy, Maddie's father
Maddie with her mother Gail Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Advertisement

Donations top £1,000 after girl snubbed for school trip because of mother's funeral

More than £1,000 has now been donated to a Warwickshire Hospice in memory of a Midland mother who died of cancer earlier this year.

The JustGiving page was set up by Gail Stevens' daughter Maddie.

Donations have been pouring in since it emerged her school, St Giles Junior in Bedworth, had banned her from a school trip rewarding students with 100 per cent attendance records - because she had taken a day off for her mother's funeral.

More than £1,000 has now been raised Credit: JustGiving

On the page, Maddie said while they were there staff were only able to open half of the beds available because of a lack of funds, and said she wanted to help them provide others with the care they gave her mother.

I am 11 years old and in January I lost my mom because of breast cancer. She died at Myton hospice Coventry who looked after her amazingly. They also helped me, my brother and my sister.

While we were there they could only open ten of the twenty beds available.

My mom thought it was sad that so many people were suffering at home instead of having the constant care at the hospice and all the help the staff did to help me and my family.

I want to raise money so that beds can be open all the time and other families can be together at hard times. Please help me help Myton no matter how small or big every bit helps.

Thank you Maddie xx

– Maddie Stevens

Donations pour in for girl penalised for missing school to go to mother's funeral

Donations to a fundraising page set up by an 11-year-old girl in memory of her mother have soared since the story broke that she has been penalised by her school for attending her funeral.

Maddie Stevens lost her mother Gail in January.

Maddie with her mother, who died in January Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

But, according to the Coventry Telegraph, St Giles Junior School in Bedworth then banned her from a school trip for students with a 100 per cent attendance record, with the day of the funeral marring her otherwise perfect record.

Donations to Maddie's JustGiving page have soared Credit: BPM Media (Midlands)

Since then, donations have poured in to Maddie's JustGiving page, smashing her aim of raising £100 for Myton Hospice, which helped her mother.

The total now stands at £428.

Jason Manford's outrage over girl banned from school trip after attending mother's funeral

Jason Manford Credit: PA

Comedian Jason Manford has expressed his anger over the decision to stop a child going on a school trip because she'd missed one day of school- to attend her mother's funeral.

According to the Coventry Telegraph, Maddie Stevens from Bedworth was forced to miss out on the day out to reward 100% attendance.

The celebrity posted on his Facebook page:

Sometimes people can be absolute b******d!s Take for example the people in charge at St Giles Junior School in Bedworth. The ********* in power here wouldn’t let a little girl go on a school trip because she didn’t have 100% attendance record, a record she only lost because she attended her mother’s funeral! Doesn’t anyone have a heart anymore?!

– Jason Manford, Comedian
Back to top

Latest ITV News reports