Dr Who heads to Padiham

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Sci-Fi fans who bought 14,000 Dr Who books have donated some of the time-travelling tales to a Padiham school.

Budding young timelords and cybermen from St John the Baptist RC Primary were given six books from the Target Who group who purchased the haul of stories on Ebay. The Padiham pupils are the first in East Lancashire to get their hands on the stories from the iconic BBC show.

Carole Carlile, Year 2 teacher at the Padiham school, explained: “Earlier last year, a group of Doctor Who fans got together and bought 14,000 Doctor Who books from Ebay. Their aim was to donate them, free of charge, to as many primary and secondary schools as possible nationally and internationally.

“I contacted them and today, we have received six Doctor Who books, free of charge.”

Target Who group wanted to fire up children’s imaginations with out-of-this-world tales of the time-travelling Doctor and the Daleks.

The books were delivered to the school by the group ready for the children to get stuck in. Now Mrs Carlile hopes more schools in Burnley and Padiham will join in. She said: “Sadly, we are the only school in East Lancashire to have contacted them.

“It seems such a shame that schools are missing out on a great opportunity.”

She said there are three ways for teachers to get their hands on their own copies of the Doctor Who books.

Anyone interested can contact St John’s on 01282 771146 or email the school office@st-john.lancs.sch.uk.

Schools can also contact bridget.hothersall@hays.com or approach Target Who directly through http://targetwho.blogspot.co.uk