Generous benefactor to fund Preston school trips

Generous: Andy Bradshaw and his wife Angela are sponsoring trips for children at Eldon School

Generous: Andy Bradshaw and his wife Angela are sponsoring trips for children at Eldon School

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A kind-hearted benefactor has stepped in to fund educational trips for youngsters at an inner city school.

Thanks to local businessman and farmer Andy Bradshaw pupils at Eldon Primary School in Preston will get a chance to go on an excursion without cash-strapped parents having to dig deep or fund raise to meet the costs.

Mr Bradshaw, who lives in Cottam, has opened his farm in Sandy Lane to the pupils for years as part of a school initiative to give them a taste of the countryside as most of the children live in terraced houses.

He was invited into the school, in the densely built up Plungington area of the city, as part of an enterprise day .

The father-of-two said he was so impressed with the school he wanted to do something to help improve the quality of life for pupils and pledged to sponsor a school trip for the top class for the next six years.

Headteacher Azra Butt said precise details of how the trips will be organised are still going on.

She said: “It is wonderful. He came to us after the enterprise day and said he would like to adopt our school. It is absolutely amazing.

“He has not put a limit on the cost so we haven’t really decided what we will be doing. We don’t want to take liberties.”

However, she added that the donation will be used to fund a trip for the year six pupils so t hat everyone benefits.

Mr Bradshaw said: “It is an absolute pleasure to do anything for Eldon School.”