Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Community Raises PS5,000 to Save Their Lollipop Warden; Council Hope Others Will Follow Suit

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Community Raises PS5,000 to Save Their Lollipop Warden; Council Hope Others Will Follow Suit

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Byline: MICHAEL MUNCASTER Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com @MichaelMjourno

THESE children jump for joy after a community raised thousands of pounds to save their threatened lollipop warden.

Newcastle City Council is set to axe 53 crossing patrols across the city to save PS212,000.

The move has been met with fury from parents as it includes the crossing on Broadway East in Gosforth, which serves four schools and more than 1,000 pupils.

Now, the Gosforth Traffic Facebook page has raised PS5,000 in three weeks to fund a crossing patrol for the next academic year.

Rebekah Stephenson, whose six-year-old daughter Jemima attends Gosforth Park First School, said: "This is a huge victory for the parents of Gosforth.

"After months of campaigning, parents, grandparents, residents and members of the Gosforth Traffic community group are absolutely elated that we have saved our lollipop warden.

"As a mum, I was terrified for the 1,000 children attending the four different schools on this site in September but, like any parent, I don't make promises to my little girl I can't keep.

"As a very focused crowdfunding team, we have pulled it off and I for one will be exceptionally proud to walk my daughter safely across the crossing on the first day back."

Families and business owners gathered at the crossing on the final day of term on Friday to celebrate the news.

And pupils presented gifts and cards to long-serving lollipop man Jim Connon, 75, who is retiring. …

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