01 March 2016

An emergency appeal in aid of a flood-hit school in Yorkshire organised by the Northamptonshire Emergency Response Corps (NERC) has resulted in 2,500 new books being donated.

The NERC, a community organisation and charity that brings together the various agencies involved in emergency response in the county, launched the appeal after learning of the devastation caused at Burnley Road Academy in Calderdale during the severe winter storms.

Volunteers helping donating books.

Storm damage

Burnley Road Academy was flooded in the torrential rain on Boxing Day. The school, which teaches children aged four to 11, lost thousands of pounds of equipment and will be closed for six months while extensive repairs are carried out. Pupils are currently being taught in a nearby school.

The NERC appealed for people to donate good-quality dictionaries and fiction and non-fiction books for the school and as a result, more than 2,500 books were donated through Northamptonshire libraries.

Volunteers from some of the NERC member agencies, including the Northamptonshire 4x4 Response Team, delivered the books to the school on Friday (February 26th).

Overwhelming response

Joanne Maddams, Northamptonshire County Council emergency planning officer and lead for the NERC, said: “The response to our appeal has been overwhelming. The school suffered a huge amount of damage in the winter storms and lot a significant amount of equipment and teaching resources, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to help them in this small way.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated books to the appeal and to the members of the NERC who transported the books up to Yorkshire.”

Head teacher of Burnley Road Academy Claire Cope said: “We knew lots of books had been donated but we couldn't believe our eyes when six 4x4s arrived.

“The response from Northamptonshire has been amazing and we really appreciate everything that's been done on our behalf. Thank you to everyone involved.

“We now have plenty of books to read at our temporary locations and we will have an amazing library when we return to our own school.”