September 30th, 2016

Bromsgrove sixth-formers put staff on bucket list

MORE than £1,000 has been raised for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research after three teachers at North Bromsgrove High School were ‘gunged’ by the students.

A total of 12 teachers put themselves forward for an election with a difference and the pupils got to vote about who should be covered in goo.

When the votes were in and the ballot boxes were opened the lucky (or should that be unlucky) three were sent to the chairs and had the gunge poured over them.

Maths teacher Andy Lockett, school network manager Andy Whordley and art and photography teacher Katy Travers won the most votes as students donated to earn their votes.

And last Friday (May 22), before everyone went off for half-term, the students got to coat the trio in a gunge concocted from a special recipe – flour, water, custard and baked beans.

However, over-enthusiastic students ‘accidentally’ gunged other members of staff too.

The £1,057 collected has gone to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, a charity close to the heart of organiser and science teacher Helen Slater – her grandmother died from acute myeloid leukemia in 2011.

Helen is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s fourth highest mountain, in August to raise more money for the cause and to raise awareness of Leukaemia and Lymphoma.

She said: “My grandmother was an inspirational person and she was always full of fun and energy.

“I thought that challenging myself by climbing Kilimanjaro was a fitting way to remember her and raise money along the way.

“The staff and students at North have really got behind this idea and we’ve had great fun raising a huge amount of money for a brilliant cause.”

Helen is preparing for her climb by taking part in the school’s Duke of Edinburgh walks, as well as by fitting in training walks around teaching.

She is also organising a quiz on July 4 at Redditch Rugby, Cricket and Hockey Club.

Visit www.justgiving.com/helenclimbsamountain to boost Helen’s coffers further or find out more by e-mailing helenclimbamountain@gmail.com

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