9th Dec, 2016

Founder of school for bullied children scoops top prize

Stratford Editorial 1st Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A £5,000 award is music to the ears of the founder of a school for bullied children.

Vivienne Morgan, 72, and 94 year-old husband Fred, bought Northleigh House in Hatton nine years ago and ran it as a small hotel.

But hearing increasingly common stories about children committing suicide due to bullying, the couple decided to turn their ten-bedroom home into a school for victims.

The grandmother – who is also the school’s chair of trustees – was recently rewarded for her efforts and received £300 from the Halifax bank when named one of its Giving Extra Award Winners.

And she has now won a further £5,000 by the bank to pay for a music teacher at the school.

Vivienne was selected from 66 other local winners to be named overall regional winner after impressing judges with her dedication to the community.

Vivienne said: “It’s wonderful. The money will pay for a whole brand new classroom. It’s fabulous and we are so grateful for it.

“We have just applied for planning permission, we have some money, and by then we will have the rest, so thanks to Halifax it’s in sight. Winning this is truly wonderful.”

Due to the needs of the pupils at Northleigh, much of the school is funded by donations.

And now staff are looking for an extra boost to convert Northleigh’s barn into a sports and drama centre.

Visit www.northleigh.co.uk to find out more about the school or donate.