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School’s charity day helps keep alive memory of teaching assistant

Posted on 22 January 2013

A former specialist teaching assistant at Sandwich Technology School has been remembered by students in a £1,700 donation to Pilgrims Hospices.

Last week the cheque was presented to Thanet based Pilgrims nurse Lynda Craig and youth fundraiser Joanne Spiteri by students of the school’s Discovery College.

Jacqui Mansell was a specialist assistant, working with vulnerable youngsters, at the school for several years before retiring. She later died in October 2012.  The 300 students of Discovery College had already decided to hold a fundraising activity day when news of her death was announced but dedicated the event to her.

Each form in the college hosted its own activities. This included imaginative events such as computer gaming at lunch, a sponsored stair climb, a five a side football tournament and cake sales.

Head of Discovery College James McAuley said: “There was a real buzz about the day with everyone really getting into the spirit of the occasion.  The total includes donations from staff who wanted to remember their former colleague. This is a landmark for Discovery College. None of the other colleges have ever raised so much; it just goes to show their excellent team work has paid off.”

Lynda and Joanne were delighted to receive the cheque and told a college assembly the money will be used to buy and install two large televisions for use on the ward at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet.


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