Blaze cash aid

A KNOTTINGLEY company has donated £10,000 to fire-hit Carelton Community High School.

Linpac Plastic has pledged the cash to improve library resources and facilities at the Green Lane school, which lost half its buildings in a raging inferno.

Around 150 firefighters and 25 fire engines tackled the blaze at the 970-pupil school last October – but its library, drama studio, gym, reception and administration block and IT suites were destroyed.

Rob Foreman, headteacher, said: "We're deeply grateful to Linpac for their support – not just in terms of money, but by being there when we needed support.

"It's not just about receiving a cheque. They came to us straight after the fire at a time when we were at a low ebb and we had a very positive meeting.

"We've had fantastic support from the local area and Linpac is a prime example. Just knowing there are people in the community looking to help gave us a massive boost.

"This donation will be about enhancing the facilities we can offer our students and the local community."

The money came from the Knottingley head office's charity fund as well as the company's award scheme for community projects – money given to factories for exceeding health and safety targets.

Linpac's Featherstone, Allerton Bywater and St Helens sites decided to donate some or all of their cash to the school.

Ralf Wunderlich, managing director and company president, said many of its staff used to go to the school or had children who were pupils there.

He added: "We are very much part of the local community and when I heard about the fire I thought let's do something straight away. I felt it was the right thing to go straight to the school and offer our help and ask what they needed.

"We've been in discussion with the school from day one and we are developing a long-term partnership that will help the school following this donation.

"After visiting the school and seeing for myself what has happened and what needs to be done, I am even more certain it was the right decision."