School holds a Skipathon in memory of Paul

Skipathon SUS-150610-132616001
Skipathon SUS-150610-132616001

Pupils and staff at Little Common School took part in a charity Skipathon in memory of the school’s Network Manager Paul Durrant, who died of cancer at the end of August.

The whole school was left devastated by Paul’s death.

Head teacher Linda Appleby, said ”Paul was such a hero to our pupils.

“He came into classrooms and fixed all our IT problems as well as being the DJ for our regular PTA children’s discos. He was fun-loving and really enjoyed working directly with the children, so we wanted to have a whole school event to remember him.

“Paul was very impressed and grateful for the fantastic support he received from the Sara Lee Trust during his illness and we are raising funds for them through a whole school Skipathon. We think Paul would have loved it!”

A total of 630 pupils and 70 staff joined together to skip in memory of Paul, with everyone asking friends and family for sponsorship.

The event raised an impressive £745 for the Sara Lee Trust.

The school has also decided to honour Paul’s IT skills by naming their computer room after him, It is now known as the ‘Durrant Computer Suite’.

Linda Appleby said “Paul’s cheerful manner along with his enthusiasm and skill in IT has been so valuable to hundreds of our pupils and we will always remember him as we develop these skills further in our new room.”

This week the school has been holding Harvest assemblies, with produce being brought in due to be donated to needy people in the area and the Bexhill Caring Community.

The Sara Lee Trust was set up in memory of local woman Sara Lee who died aged 32 from cancer.

It was Sara’s vision as a result of using complementary therapies during her two year battle with cancer, that a Trust be set up, to provide therapies free of charge, to people in Hastings and Rother, living through cancer and other life threatening illness.

The Trust offers a full and wide ranging programme offering patients access to complementary therapy treatments; creative arts therapy and counselling.

For more information visit www.saraleetrust.org.

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