The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Alan Selby

PAR­ENTS are be­ing forced to raise thou­sands of pounds to clean up toxic air harm­ing their chil­dren.

State schools are des­per­ate for do­na­tions to buy hi-tech air pu­ri­fiers cost­ing up to £5,000 each.

But pri­vate schools some­times just a stone’s throw away have no prob­lem shelling out for pu­ri­fiers that can cut tox­ins by 80 per cent.

Not­ting Hill Prepara­tory School in West Lon­don, which is close to heav­ily con­gested Lad­broke Grove used cash from fees. Past pupils at the £19,000-a-year school in­clude the chil­dren of Earl Spencer, Stella Mccart­ney, Clau­dia Schif­fer and Love Ac­tu­ally di­rec­tor Richard Cur­tis.

But nearby state schools can­not af­ford the technology, even though nearly all chil­dren in the area are ex­posed to il­le­gal pol­lu­tion lev­els. Ger­ard Har­g­reaves, a trans­port spokesman at the lo­cal coun­cil, said: “Air fil­ters in class­rooms should be a wake-up call for un­ac­cept­ably high lev­els of air pol­lu­tion.”

Kim­ber­ley Hickman, who has a five-year-old son with asthma at Goose Green pri­mary school in East Dul­wich, South Lon­don, helped raise £20,000 to fund a fence cov­ered with ivy that blocks pol­lu­tants.

Kim­ber­ley, 36, said it was not fair that state-school pupils are less likely to re­ceive pro­tec­tion.

COSTLY: Air fil­ter

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