Pupils pull their socks up for hospice

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A COLOURFUL charity event was held in a north Northumberland school in memory of a well-respected teacher who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

Children and staff at James Calvert Spence College – Hadston Road, formerly Druridge Bay Middle School, wore bright socks to school on Friday to pay tribute to Val Richards, who died in February, aged 59.

Described as a larger-than-life character with a wicked sense of humour, Mrs Richards – who spent more than 20 years at the school – was known for her love of colourful socks which she regularly wore to school.

And in a fitting gesture, the school held a Bright Socks Day in her honour.

Pupils could pay 50p to go to school sporting colourful socks.

The day raised around £200 for St Oswald’s Hospice, where she was looked after in her final days.

As part of that total, kind-hearted pupils Katie Ward and Georgia Lazenby baked cakes and together with Lauran Bird and her sister Beth, the foursome sold the sweet treats to friends and neighbours, helping to raise £66.

Assistant headteacher Edith Johnson, said: “It was a very colourful day. It was a lovely atmosphere and it was very well supported.

“The children enjoyed it and we enjoyed it and we came in colourful socks.

“It was very fitting.”