Thorley Hill Primary School pupils and parents get behind teacher's 'Wear it Pink' day in aid of Cancer Research UK
Thorley Hill Primary School came together to help a member of staff raise money for a cause close to her heart.
Claire Stafford, a Year 2 teacher at the school in Park Lane, Bishop's Stortford, organised a fundraising day for Cancer Research UK in memory of her mother, Sheila Rodgers, who died with the disease last year, just three days before her 61st birthday.
"The staff and carers who supported her at the local hospice were amazing," said Claire. "Not only did they support and care for my mum with the most wonderful care, but they also supported us as a family through this awful time."
Sheila had already beaten breast cancer when, in February 2019, she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She died three months later.
To thank the Macmillan Cancer Support nurses and staff at the Southend hospice who looked after her mother in her final days, Claire wanted to raise money for cancer research. Originally, she wanted to do the Race for Life, but when the Covid-19 pandemic intervened she turned to her school instead.
She organised a 'Wear it Pink' day. Pupils were invited to wear pink – a symbol of breast cancer awareness – in exchange fordonations.
Claire was blown away with the generosity of the school community. "Some people gave me £30 or £40. The support from parents was amazing," she said. "I think cancer touches so many people's hearts."