KIDS FACE AIR PERIL
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