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NO BIRTHDAY GIFTS JUST A DONATION; 50th party will help Thai school.


A LIVERPOOL man is throwing a birthday party to raise funds for a Thai school destroyed by the tsunami where his brother teaches. Aintree-born Eric Frodsham is celebrating his 50th birthday tonight but has asked for no presents.

Instead he wants all well-wishers to give a donation to help school children survivors of the tsunami in Phuket.

Mr Frodsham has a special connection with the school that was destroyed when the killer wave hit on Boxing Day. His brother Peter, 53, teaches English there. He said: ``The invitation says no presents - I just want donations. What do you buy someone who's got everything anyway?''

When the disaster struck there was no one in the building, which is 200 metres from one of the island's many popular tourist beaches.

One teacher and two pupils at Kanala School, who were playing on the sand, were swept away.

Mr Frodsham said: ``Mercifully the school was empty at the time. They were very lucky. Peter just heard people screaming when the waves came in. He looked out the window and saw people running up the road. ''

The health and safety worker at a nuclear power plant now lives with his partner Sharon Thomson, 50, in Caithness, Scotland.

The money raised will help provide the school's 400 pupils aged between 11-15 with essentials such as pens and paper.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2005
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