Brave teacher inspires pupils to help hospice

Two pupils at The Kingswood School in Corby went to lessons in their pyjamas to raise money to help cancer patients following the death of a much-loved and respected teacher.

Reagen Moffat and Chanelle Brydon, both 14, wanted to do something positive in memory of science teacher Sue Whitehead, who died of cancer.

The girls decided to swap school uniforms for their favourite onesies and thanks to sponsorship from fellow students they raised £100.

The cheque has been presented to Cransley Hospice, in Kettering.

Reagen said: “We wanted to do something in memory of our teacher and to thank Cransley Hospice for the care that she received. On Children in Need day we went into school in our pyjamas to do something for the hospice.

“There were a few comments and odd looks but we didn’t mind because it was for a really good cause and we want to thank everyone who made a donation.”

Pupils at the school also sent a card to the hospice thanking staff for the care they gave Mrs Whitehead.

Chris Holliday, one of Cransley’s fundraisers, said: “We want to thank Reagen and Chanelle for their support and the donation, and to all the pupils who sent their thanks.

“It means a lot when young people decide to do something in support of the hospice and we really do appreciate it. Sue was a much-loved teacher.”

A tribute to Mrs Whitehead on the school’s website describes her as a valued friend and teacher, who loved life, teaching and people.

It says her death was a sad loss to the whole school community and that she will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her.

Mrs Whitehead’s friend and colleague, Kevin Willis, of the school’s science department, said: “Sue announced at Christmas 2008 that she had cancer and she would be going for treatment.

“Over the next three years she battled this with courage, dignity and humour.

“Sue’s sense of humour came through in all she did.

“Her lessons were presented in a way which made them fun.

“It is sad that she has lost her battle but her larger than life legacy left behind will remain with students and staff forever.”