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Clevedon lollipop lady stays on after mystery donor’s cash pledge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 November 2017

Lorraine Robinson at the crossing in Old Street.

Lorraine Robinson at the crossing in Old Street.

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A mystery donor has given more than £1,000 to allow a redundant lollipop lady to continue helping children get safely to school.

Lorraine Robinson had been made redundant on October 20 after Clevedon Town Council’s temporary funding for a crossing patrol in Old Street came to an end.

Discussions were held with local schools over possible sponsorship, but the talks broke down with no solution reached.

The authority had been funding the patrol for the past year since North Somerset Council slashed its support for the service at 26 sites across the district in 2015.

Ms Robinson has been manning the crossing for the past three years, and had pledged to continue as an unpaid volunteer.

But this was thrown into doubt due to high insurance costs, leaving the crossing unmanned.

MORE: Old street school crossing patrol ends

Now an unknown donor has given her more than £1,000 which will allow her to continue working at the crossing until February 2018.

Ms Robinson has thanked the mystery person for their kindness and highlighted the risks involved in the role.

She told the Times: “There was nearly a very nasty incident. I was stood in the middle of the road, the children were just crossing.

“One mother just managed to pull a child back when a van went past and never stopped.

“I put my lollipop stick down on the van – parts hit his windscreen.

“He never stopped – quite a lot of witnesses were there too.

“I would like to thank everyone very much for their help and support over this.”

An online poll carried out by the Times showed 77 per cent of readers believe a school crossing patrol is needed in Old Street.

Campaigners have also called for a crossing to be reinstated in Chapel Hill, after a temporary patrol was put in place during the expansion of St Nicholas Chantry Primary School.

But North Somerset Council says the road does not meet required traffic levels to warrant a permanent crossing.

Ms Robinson has set up an online fundraisng campaign to raise £1,900 to put towards insurance costs, which would cover her until the end of the current academic year.

Click here to donate.

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