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Acton 1936

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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Certificates gained.

Acton Education Committee268236504253225478
1st Class135117252134134268
2nd Class196157353175183358
Life Saving:

Miss Stevens, the Head Mistress of Berrymede Infant School,
again organised a large scheme in association with the Children's
Country Holiday Fund. By this means 359 school children (196
boys and 163 girls) as against 294 in 1935 were sent away for a fortnight's
holiday. In the case of 5 delicate children this period was
extended to a month.
The Headquarters of the Fund gave a grant of £185 in
addition to all main line railway fares, and the parents of the children
concerned contributed £186 8s. 4d. This made an average payment
of 10s. 2½d.—1s. 5½d. more per head than last year when the average
contribution was 8s. 9d. Collections from the parents were begun
in January instead of in April as in the previous year and this resulted
in the higher payments being possible.
65 more children were sent away this year, and the expenses
of sending these away was largely met by a grant from the Mayoress,
Mrs. Mercer, out of the League of Personal Service Funds. The
cost of the fortnight was, as before, approximately 30s.
The Country Holiday Fund will not allow any child to go
on holiday if there is any question of uncleanliness. All children
must have their heads examined 3 times before departure. This
means over 1000 examinations performed by the nurses at the Clinic.
Last year 12 children had to be sent to the Hammersmith Cleansing