Alford rotary aids Tottenham riot-hit families

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ALFORD’S Rotarians have helped to give disadvantaged riot-hit London families a holiday to remember after kindly organising a get-away in the area.

The Alford & Mablethorpe Rotary Club hosts Tottenham-based families for a few days every summer in a bid to give them an experience they wouldn’t normally be able to afford.

In some cases it is the first time that children in the families will have seen the sea or farm and wild animals in the flesh.

The scheme is the brainchild of Rotarian Malcolm White and his wife Anne, who used to live in Tottenham.

One of the people who was set to stay this year was a woman who lost her home in a fire during the recent riots.

Sadly yet more tragedy struck during her stay, when she received word that her uncle had been stabbed to death in Somalia and her mother in London had suffered a heart-attack upon hearing the news.

It forced her to cut short her stay in the county.

But the remaining families were able to stay and enjoy their break from the big city.

During their stay the families, whose children ranged from two to 10-years, stayed at the former Maypole School at Well near Alford.

Malcolm was the head of the school before it ceased operations, but he and his wife still live at the house and its idyllic grounds.

Malcolm said: “Knowing the Tottenham area as I do and, with the contacts I have through education, this has provided a great opportunity to put something back by giving youngsters a new experience outside their normal environment.

“We usually pop along to the Tottenham school during the year and the feedback we’ve been getting is that the families are really enjoying their stays.

“The area of Tottenham they are from has the least amount of open space in the whole country, so this gives the children a chance to run around.” The youngsters all go to the Seven Sisters Primary School in Tottenham.

This year they visited the beach and other attractions such as the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.