Sheffield schoolchildren remember teacher with fondness

Stuart Heslington, chairman of the Sheffield Committee for the British Heart Foundation, with pupils from Ashdell Preparatory School.
Stuart Heslington, chairman of the Sheffield Committee for the British Heart Foundation, with pupils from Ashdell Preparatory School.
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Parents, pupils and staff at a Sheffield school have been raising money for the British Heart Foundation in memory of their deputy headteacher who died in August from a pulmonary embolism.

Les Guntrip, aged 52, Deputy Head of Ashdell Preparatory School, was on a fishing and golfing trip with friends when he died.

Since his death, the school has been raising money for the BHF by holding bun sales, skipping events, a harvest sale and a collection following the carol service.

There are also plans to put a bench in the school grounds dedicated to Mr Guntrip.

Ashdell head Anne Camm said: “His death stunned us.

“We are only a very small school, and it has affected us significantly.

“We chose the British Heart Foundation as our charity to raise money for this year in memory of him.”

On Valentine’s Day last week parents, pupils and staff presented a £1,000 cheque to Stuart Heslington, chair of the Sheffield Committee for the BHF.

The school will also be supporting a Rock Up In Red event for National Heart Month, where people wear red to raise money and awareness.

Lauren Mallinson, fundraising volunteer manager at the BHF, said: “National Heart Month is a great opportunity for everyone to think about how many lives are affected by heart disease.

“We offer our heartfelt thanks to the parents, pupils and staff of Ashdell Preparatory School for so generously dedicating their time and energy to help us continue our fight for every heartbeat.”

* To find out more about National Heart Month download a fundraising pack at www.bhf.org.uk/red or call 0300 330 0645.