Knaphill Lower School

THE plight of orangutans losing their homes because of rainforest destruction prompted a six-year-old boy to lobby his neighbours to stop buying palm oil products.

Abishai Prasad, who lives with his mum Smrithy and dad Reji in Knaphill, decided to act after his sister showed him last year’s Christmas advert for Iceland supermarkets, which featured a baby orangutan who had lost its home.

Abishai With his letter asking people to help orangutans by not buying palm oil products

Abishai said: “I like animals and was very upset to see that orangutans are losing their homes. I wanted to do something about it, so I decided to write to our neighbours and the supermarkets.

With the help of his mum, the Year 1 pupil at Knaphill Lower School compiled letters to neighbours and supermarket bosses.

“Please stopping using palm oil because it kills orangutans and I love them,” he wrote. “Let’s leave them alone.”

Smrithy said several neighbours replied saying they would stop using palm oil products. Companies including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda replied within a week. “They assured him that their own-label products don’t use unsustainable palm oil,” she added.

“I watched the advert but didn’t do anything about it until Abishai prompted me to see what I can do to stop using unsustainable palm oil. We now have a list on the fridge of palm oil foods that are OK to buy.”

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A FIVE-year-old boy has died while riding his bike in Knaphill on Tuesday afternoon.

“Officers were called to Limecroft Road at 4.10pm after a collision between a five-year-old boy on a bicycle and a van, which stopped at the scene,” said a Surrey Police spokesman.

Police vehicles block the junction of Limecroft Road with Chobham Road

Air ambulance medics helped ambulance crews give treatment at the scene before the young boy was rushed to hospital.

“The boy, who was from the local area, did not survive his injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital,” said the police spokesman. “His next of kin were present.”

Floral tributes have been left at Limecroft Road, with messages of shock and condolence at the awful news filling social media.

Knaphill Lower School confirmed the boy was one of their Reception class pupils, and put out a message to all parents.

“As a school community, I am sure that you will wish to join me, and my staff in offering our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family,” said Joanna Concannon, federation headteacher.

“With guidance from educational psychologists, we have now spoken to all pupils and staff in school. We will continue to support the children throughout this difficult time, however if you do have a specific concern about your child, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and two paramedic cars to the incident, which was attended by 12 police cars.

Limecroft Road was cordoned off at both ends and closed to traffic for some time while police officers carried out an investigation.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, including dashcam footage from the road, to get in touch immediately on 101 and quote the reference number PR/P19068580 or contact online via

TWO schools in Knaphill will each get a defibrillator each after children, teachers and parents raised £3,700 by taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon.

Sixty runners from Knaphill School and Knaphill Lower School took part in the event, with everyone finishing their particular event.

Runners from Knaphill School and Knaphill Lower School have raised money for a defibrillator for each school

Some completed the 13-mile half marathon in Woking earlier this month, while others opted for the 5k and the children took part in the 2k race.

Team organiser, Mandy Walsh, who has children in both schools, said the initiative was a great success.

“It was lovely; a brilliant day. Everyone did very well, especially the kids and we are very proud of them,” Mandy said.

She said the Surrey Half Marathon was very well organised event and a credit to Woking.

Mandy organised the team after one of the parents and a teacher did a first aid course and decided that the schools needed to have a defibrillator.

The combined sponsorship target from family and friends was around £2,000, so that both schools could each get one of the lifesaving devices.

The final total is still being counted and a decision will be taken on how to use any extra money after the defibrillators have been bought and installed.

Donations can be given at