Youngsters from a city school will travel to London for free for a class trip, following an appeal to Sir Richard Branson.
Virgin Trains stepped in to provide complimentary travel for 25 seven and eight-year-olds at Holme Slack Community Primary School, so they can visit a Viking exhibition at the British Museum.
The school’s deputy headteacher suggested writing to the Virgin boss after realising the school would not be able to provide transport for an educational trip.
Simon Rusling said year three children were studying the Vikings and after they wrote to Sir Richard, Virgin Trains contacted the school offering to sponsor the whole trip. They offered free transport to London Euston for the children and 11 staff, and also contacted Go-Ahead London who agreed to supply a bus to give a tour of London. Preston Bus will also provide free transport from the school to Preston station.
Mr Rusling said: “This is a rare opportunity for the children to experience London. Many of them have never been before. In our school, we are always looking for ways to bring life to the curriculum. The opportunity to see this amazing exhibition will enrich our Viking topic immensely.
“The children can’t wait to see some of the incredible artefacts, many of which have been transported from all over the world to appear in Britain for the first time. The exhibition features the remains of the longest Viking long boat ever found.”
He added: “The response from Virgin Trains has been extremely generous and much more than we expected.”
“The children are extremely excited and can’t wait for what is sure to be a fantastic and memorable day. We can’t thank Virgin enough.”