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SAVE OUR LOLLIPOP patrols; Grandad in bid to raise PS100,000 by September Bid to save city lollipop patrols.

Byline: Lucy Lynch Education reporter lucy.lynch@coventrytelegraph.net

A COVENTRY grandad wants to raise PS100,000 by September to save Coventry's lollipop men and women.

Mark Heffernan, 52, from Stoke Heath, wants to use crowd funding to get businesses to sponsor a lollipop man or woman and keep the under-threat service afloat.

Now he's hoping people will get behind his Save Our Lollipops campaign.

Mr Heffernan, who has two grown up daughters and a nine-year-old grandson, said: "Child safety is the key thing here.

"We are looking for child friendly companies, which means no alcohol or tobacco companies, to sponsor a lollipop man or woman.

"The sponsor would get their logo or brand on a high viz jacket and their businesses would be promoted."

From September Coventry City Council bosses are no longer funding the city's lollipop men and women - instead, they want schools to pay to keep the service going.

Some schools have TURN TO PAGE 2 FROM PAGE 1 agreed, securing the future of about half of the 82 crossing sites.

But the others are under threat with schools either resigned to losing the service or looking for corporate sponsorship themselves.

For the first six months from September schools will have to pay PS2,500 towards each crossing patrol nearby.

For the six months after that they will have to pay PS4,800.

Mr Heffernan estimates that PS100,000 would keep the service going for six months from September - after that, it would be a question of more fundraising.

A spokesman for Coventry City Council said: "We had a very productive and positive meeting with Mark and discussed several ideas about how we can work together in the future in order to continue with the provision of school crossing patrols.

"Mark put some very good proposals forward that we are extremely supportive of and we will be very happy to meet with him again to discuss these ideas further.

"It's early days in the process and there is a way to go, but this initial meeting was very important for us to put our heads together to talk through all of the thoughts and proposals both parties have."

The appeal is online at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-our-lollipops and at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Save-Our-Lollipops.

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