Fitting tribute to headteacher who lost battle with cancer

A memorial bench has been installed at the Horden Nursery in Cotsford Park in memory of former head teacher Barbara Wilkin, who died from cancer last year. Barbara's daughter Alyson Allday (CORR).
A memorial bench has been installed at the Horden Nursery in Cotsford Park in memory of former head teacher Barbara Wilkin, who died from cancer last year. Barbara's daughter Alyson Allday (CORR).
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A HEADTEACHER who lost a battle with cancer was given a fitting tribute during a memorial event at her former nursery.

Barbara Wilkin was just 56 when she lost a four-year fight against kidney cancer, a year ago today.

Relatives, colleagues, children and teaching acquaintances attended a memorial event at Horden Nursery, in Cotsford Park, where Barbara had been headteacher for 19 years.

The poignant tribute included the release of 60 balloons in the green and white colours of Macmillan Cancer Support, the unveiling of a memorial bench and the planting of a cherry blossom – the same variety she had in her own garden.

Barbara’s successor Natalie Parkinson, who worked with the popular teacher for nine years, said: “She had an impact on so many people, not only children and staff, but the whole community, she was a very community-orientated person.”

She worked at Hesleden Primary School before her role at Horden Nursery. She ran Brownies groups in Hartlepool and Horden and worked right up until the year before she passed away, having spent time in Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Barbara’s daughter Alyson Allday, 23, who was fostered by Barbara from being six-years-old, said: “The memorial event was just a beautiful day.”