Feb 5, 2015

'Sarah would like a Kindle and Lola a desk': Shocked Myleene Klass reveals how mothers at her daughter's school asked parents to club together to buy birthday presents for two girls - by leaving a £10 donation in their children's schoolbags

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

Myleene Klass has hit out at middle class mothers who sent an email suggesting fellow parents at her daughter’s school could club together to buy a Kindle as a birthday gift for one of their children.

The radio presenter who lives in north London last night tweeted extracts of a group message she received from a mother of a girl who goes to private school with her own seven-year-old daughter, Ava.

The email, which Ms Klass described as ‘bonkers’, is sent by one parent of behalf of two other mothers. It requests £10 donations from each child to go towards buying a Kindle e-reader for one classmate and a desk for another. After changing the names of those involved the former singer and mother-of-two posted a picture of the message, which stated: ‘Jane and Hannah would prefer a class birthday gift for their daughters this year.

 ‘Sarah would like a Kindle and Lola a desk (very studious choices!!) so if you would like to join in, please can I collect a suggested £10 from you before the party on Feb 9th.’ The request, which suggests donations can be put in envelopes in the children’s schoolbags, adds: ‘Thanx [sic] and no obligation of course.’
A second email from another parent who offers to collect the cash reiterates that £10 would be a ‘popular amount’ to contribute - meaning that the total value of the gifts would be at least £200 - but adds: ‘Feel free to give what you like or indeed, to give your own gift’.

Ms Klass, 36, who also has a three-year-old daughter named Hero, sent a barbed reply poking fun of the brazen messages, in which she requested a unicorn for her daughter.

The email said: ‘Dear all, for Ava’s birthday, she has requested a real, live unicorn.

‘I will be collecting unicorn money via her book bag, in the playground or at www.getwhatyouregivenandendthismadness.com.

‘(Additionally I’d like a Ferrari and Leonardo DiCaprio, so by all means, do feel obligated to contribute to this too).’ 

She added: ‘If you don’t wish to, please don’t feel any pressure from the countless emails I intend to follow this up with and clog your inbox. Love and thanks!!’

Ms Klass rose to fame as a member of Hear'Say after appearing on reality TV show Popstars, and has since forged a career as a radio and TV presenter with her own show on Classic FM.

The exchange comes weeks after a family from Cornwall received an invoice from a parent when their child failed to attend a birthday party of his classmate.

Tanya Walsh and her partner Derek Nash were appalled when their son Alex, five, arrived home from school with a £15.95 bill for missing his classmate Charlie Lawrence’s big day at a local ski centre.

After refusing to pay, Alex’s parents were told they could be taken to court.


  1. How stupid. This says nothing.

  2. It does say that if the UN tried to enlist other nations to disarm us they better bring most of the planet.

  3. This proves that Americans in their respective states have the deterrent force to make any aspiring tyrants think twice...
    Fear the government that fears your guns.

  4. I'm assuming these numbers are based on registered weapons, not actual weapons owned. The number for my state isn't even close. A police officer told me it's almost 6 weapons per capita.

  5. Turkey has a population over 70 million and owning guns is legal (primarily 9mm handguns and shotguns). Citing that there are only 8.6 million guns in that country is completely ridiculous.