School staff run in pink for cancer charity

Laura Cole, left, and Leanne Baty at the Race for Life in Newcastle.
Laura Cole, left, and Leanne Baty at the Race for Life in Newcastle.
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Two members of staff at St Robert’s First School in Morpeth joined the pink ladies in a Newcastle park on Sunday.

Learning support classroom assistant Leanne Baty decided to take part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life fund-raising event in memory of Father Lawrence Jones.

The popular Morpeth priest died in April.

Joining her in Exhibition Park was nursery assistant Laura Cole. She did the run in memory of her mother, who also died of cancer.

Both women have already raised hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Leanne said: “Father Lawrence was such a lovely bloke and a father figure for the children at St Robert’s, so I thought it would be nice to take part in the run to honour him.

“The staff and pupils loved him. He would regularly join in with our activities – even the karaoke – and he has left a massive hole in the parish.

“It was a fun day and thankfully it wasn’t too hot for the run! I’m very grateful to everyone who has made a donation, including at the school’s sports day on Saturday.”

To add to the total online, visit www.justgiving.com/leannebaty