Big-hearted Eddie’s £100,000 for school

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A MODEST and generous war hero left £100,000 in his will to help children at a special school.

Eddie Sandiford, who lived in the same house in Mary Street, Brighouse, all his life, died three years ago at the age of 84.

He left considerable sums of money to Highbury School, Rastrick, the Salvation Army and other organisations.

Friends have spoken of the kind-hearted but private man who would not have sought recognition for his generosity.

Highbury School, which recently received news of the bequest, will put the money towards a new hydrotherapy pool.

Head teacher Pam Sellers said the staff were overwhelmed when they found out what was being given to them.

“We need to raise £250,000 for the new pool and this money will make a huge difference.

“Some of the staff were in tears when we received the money. This man who none of us knew has been extremely kind and made an incredible gesture. It’s going to do so much for the school.”

Close friend Mavis Booth, who knew Mr Sandiford for more than 50 years, said he had seen an item on a television programme about Highbury School and had been touched by the work it did with children with special needs.

“He had seen something about the school on television and the wonderful work they did there. He said that if he had any money he would give them some.

“We didn’t know he had so much until we found his will.”

She said Mr Sandiford was independent and reluctant to ask for help.

“He was a really lovely man. It’s so nice to know that his money will make a real difference to children in the area where he lived.”

For full story see Brighouse Echo 17-02-11