Fund-raising students remember former teacher

Students from KEVI presenting cheques to two charities totalling �831.77 after raising money through a non uniform day and other events. Tilly Hale from LIVErNORTH recieves �221.77, and Bob and Lesley Dimmock from the Guillian-Barre Syndrome Support Group recieve �610.

Students from KEVI presenting cheques to two charities totalling �831.77 after raising money through a non uniform day and other events. Tilly Hale from LIVErNORTH recieves �221.77, and Bob and Lesley Dimmock from the Guillian-Barre Syndrome Support Group recieve �610.

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A MORPETH school has raised more than £600 for charity in memory of a former teacher.

Dr Andrew Tucker, who taught technology at King Edward VI School, died in March last year after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

It effects the nervous system, causing sudden weakness and numbness, and may lead to paralysis in the legs, arms, upper body and face. Between five and eight percent of sufferers die from the condition.

The school council has collected money for the Guillain-Barré Syndrome Support Group (GBSSG) since Mr Tucker’s death and presented the charity with a cheque for £610.

Head of Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Victoria Najafi said: “We raised £443.54 of the total during a Yellow Accessory Day.

“This day was organised as Dr Andrew Tucker’s mother said Andrew was a spring baby and we were asked to wear yellow at his memorial service.

“It was added to non-uniform contributions and money collected at the time of the memorial service.”

The charity provides information and support to those affected by GBS and related conditions and their families.

It also raises awareness of the illnesses and gives grants for research projects.

GBSSG Charity Officer Lesley Dimmick said: “We’re very pleased to receive this money and extremely grateful to the pupils at King Edward VI School for what they have done for us.

“The donation will help our work and to raise awareness of the condition in Northumberland.”

Senior students from the school council also presented a cheque for £221.77 to LIVErNORTH, a regional adult liver disease patient support group based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.