School’s Race for Life in memory of Sharron

Youngsters took part in a school-based Race for Life for Cancer Research in memory of teaching assistant Sharron Wootton.

Among the children taking part at Hemel Hempstead’s Aycliffe Drive Primary School on Thursday was Mrs Wootton’s daughter Freya.

aycliffe drive sponsored walk may 2013

aycliffe drive sponsored walk may 2013

Teaching assistant Angela Black said: “We wanted it to be a fun day event although it did have a serious side to it because we have just bought a bench in Sharron’s memory with a plaque on it, which is at the front of the school in one of the gardens.

“We wanted it to be a fun thing for the children and for the adults because obviously when Sharron died we were all in shock and it wasn’t a happy time for us.”

A total of 350 children took part in the fundraiser, which was organised by Yvonne McAuley. The school has already raked in £500 and more is expected.

“We are hoping for £1,000 and we don’t think we are going to be disappointed,” said Mrs Black.

Mum-of-two Sharron, of Grovehill, was diagnosed with metastatic uterine leiomyosarcoma last year and died at the Hospice of St Francis on February 26.

She returned to work in 2009 after having children as a teaching assistant at the school where Freya and son Joseph, who is now at secondary school, were pupils.

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