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LISTEN: Schoolboy Told He Can't Meet Santa Because He Forgot £1 Fee
6:02am 12th December 2013
A Cornish schoolboy is told he can not meet Santa - because his mum forgot to give him a pound.
Seven year old Ben Cawston was left in tears when Father Christmas visited Bude Infants.
He had to wait with a teacher while classmates got a present.
Around twenty other pupils who had not brought in the money for the Christmas Fayre on Friday also did not get to see Santa.
Mum Michelle told Pirate FM: "He just broke his heart. He said: 'I haven't seen Santa. I won't see him now because he's gone to the North Pole and I won't see him anymore.' It was just heart breaking to see. For the sake of a pound all they had to do was phone me at work - and it should never have happened to kids of that age.
"I know he's seven year old and, in a couple of years, it probably won't be the same for him. To see his little face - it just hurt me knowing he had to go through that."
Headteacher Sally Strange said: “I appreciate the concerns which have been expressed by Mrs Cawston over the fact that her son did not see Father Christmas at last week’s Christmas Fayre and have offered instead to take her son to see Father Christmas at a different school this Friday.
“The opportunity to see Father Christmas has been part of our Christmas Fayre activities for a number of years, with parents and carers asked to pay £1 if they wish their child to take part. We always arrange for Father Christmas to be present throughout the whole day so that working parents can also be involved. Details of the event, with a reminder about the payment, were publicised widely on posters in all classrooms and in three newsletters sent to parents and carers before the Fayre.
“Unfortunately, despite these reminders, Mrs Cawston’s son had not been given the £1 to enable him to take part. As not all parents and carers wish their children to see Father Christmas the visit has always been optional.
"On this occasion 22 children were not involved in the visit to Father Christmas and, while I appreciate that in the case of Mrs Cawston’s son the parents had wished for him to be involved but had not given him the payment, it would not have been practical for the school to contact all 22 children to check their individual circumstances.
"I have spoken to Mrs Cawston and am sorry if her son was upset as a result of this incident. This is a very special time of year for children and the school works hard to ensure that all children enjoy the Christmas Fayre and other activities."
You can hear what happens when Santa phones Ben on Pirate FM here...
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