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.

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£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)

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