Children remember ‘much-loved’ Susan

Pupils with some cakes sold during the fundraising day in memory of Susan Donkin
Pupils with some cakes sold during the fundraising day in memory of Susan Donkin

KIND children and school staff wore pink and raised money for charity as they remembered a loving colleague who lost her cancer fight last year.

Susan Donkin lost her battle for life in April last year, aged just 51.

She had worked as a teaching assistant at Clavering Primary School, in Clavering Road, Hartlepool, for 10 years.

Her death devastated pupils and work colleagues and exactly a year on, the thoughtful children at the school organised a charity day in memory of Susan.

The children took part in raffles, tombolas and competitions and all donated money to wear a pink item of clothing for the day.

The fantastic efforts raised an impressive £588.50 which was donated to the Hartlepool and District Hospice where Susan was cared for during her illness.

Carole Skirving, business manager at the school, said Susan would have been proud of the children’s efforts.

Mrs Skirving said: “It was an incredibly touching effort from the children.

“Susan was a fantastic person, so lovely to have around and she really is sorely missed.

“Days such as our fundraiser prove just how popular Susan was, and how the children held her in such high regard.

“Not a day goes by where her former colleagues don’t think about her.”

Mrs Skirving added: “I would like to thank everyone who helped to raise such an impressive amount.

“Hartlepool Hospice is obviously very close to our hearts after they cared for Susan, and we are pleased to help in any way possible.

“It was an extremely successful day, and we are now thinking of making it an annual event.

“I think Susan would be extremely happy with the efforts of the children, they have done her proud.”

Tracy Woodall, chief executive at Hartlepool and District Hospice, based in Wells Avenue, said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff and pupils at Clavering Primary School for their hard work and generosity in holding this fundraising event.

“To put things in perspective, £600 will pay for specialist palliative care for a whole week, highlighting how important all donated events both large and small are to the hospice.”