Jodi had a little lamb... Hartlepool farmer’s daughter nurses sick lamb in school classroom

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb. Picture by FRANK REID
English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb. Picture by FRANK REID

WHEN new born lamb Holly needed feeding in a special way every few hours student Jodi Shadforth was torn what to do.

The A-level student feared she would have to miss college as she was the only one in her family free to give Holly milk through a tube straight into her stomach.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth (2nd left) with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb and pupils (left to right) Holly Hewitson, Maryellen Rudd, Eleanor Gofton, Codie Moore and Bethany Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth (2nd left) with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb and pupils (left to right) Holly Hewitson, Maryellen Rudd, Eleanor Gofton, Codie Moore and Bethany Hall. Picture by FRANK REID

But when she phoned her teachers at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Hartlepool, to explain she was surprised when they allowed her to take Holly in for the day.

The little lamb quickly became the centre of attention among students who lined up to pet and dote on the unusual visitor.

Jodi, 17, who lives on Crookfoot Farm, near Elwick, said: “She needed to be fed with a tube because she would not take a bottle.

“My mam didn’t like doing it so I had to do it every few hours.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb. Picture by FRANK REID

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form student Jodie Shadfoth with Holly a one day old Suffolk Cross Lamb. Picture by FRANK REID

“I really wanted to come into college and didn’t want to miss a day.

“Tons of people came to see her.”

Holly spent much of the day nestled in a box under the desk of head of art Jeremy Gribben while Jodi got on with her work.

English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee said: “We didn’t want Jodi to miss her lessons so we put arrangements in place for her to bring the lamb in.”

Jodi had been up all night giving Holly regular feeds of formula milk after she was born the day before.

“It was tiring but I love her,” she said.