19 December 2019

Mr Dunne posts a crowdfunding update

Richard Dunne is crowdfunding to raise the funds to take legal action against his former employer. Visit his crowdfunding page here.

This update was circulated on 19 Dec 2019:

"Dear Friends,

I’d like to say a personal thank you to all of you for the amazing support you have provided me through the Crowdfunding page. It has given me and my family a real sense of hope in an otherwise very difficult time. Your messages of support have been overwhelming.

As I wrote in the fund introduction, it has been the greatest honour of my life to have led Ashley School. And it is such a comfort to know that so many of you are determined to protect the school, its wonderful staff and community, and to support me as I fight to clear my name.

I still strongly refute all the allegations made against me. I have been working closely with employment lawyers and I have now sent a letter to the Trust to present my case. I have been told by the lawyers that they have completed their core investigations, so the bulk of their work is done. I appreciate it is now close to Christmas, but if you are able to share this message with people you know from the school and local community, who you think would be willing to give support, that would be a great help.  I am extending the Crowdfunding page to mid-January.

At the conclusion of any legal action, I will donate any excess funds raised to the Friends of Ashley (FOA), so that it can be spent on the children and their learning.

It was wonderful to see many of you at the Ashley School Christmas Bazaar. I was only sorry I couldn’t speak to more of you. Thank you once again for all your gifts and messages of support. They are such a blessing to me and my family.

Happy Christmas!

Very best wishes,

Richard Dunne