29th May, 2017

Hatton couple's work with bullied children is clocking up the awards

Leamington Editorial 20th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A GRANDMOTHER who founded a school for bullied children has been rewarded for her life-changing work.

Vivian Morgan and husband Fred, aged 72 and 94 respectively, bought Northleigh House in Hatton nine years ago and took over running it as a small hotel.

But after hearing increasingly common stories about children committing suicide due to bullying, the husband and wife team decided to transform their ten-bedroom home into a school for victims.

And now the grandmother-of-one, who is also chair of trustees for the school, has been rewarded for her dedication and has received a Halifax Giving Extra Award. She was also given a £300 cheque by the bank and could be selected for a £5,000 grant to help the school.

It comes just months after Vivian scooped a Pride of Britain award for helping bullied children.

Vivian – who is chair of trustees at the school – said: “I am thrilled to bits and very surprised to have won the award. It is wonderful that the school can be recognised in this way.”

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

And now staff are looking for an extra boost to help convert Northleigh’s barn into a sports and drama centre, set to cost around £40,000.

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