Sheffield teachers shedding pounds for Ella

Teachers from Bethany School in Sheffield are losing weight  to raise �15,000 for a lift for disabled student Ella Rose.
Teachers from Bethany School in Sheffield are losing weight to raise �15,000 for a lift for disabled student Ella Rose.
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Staff from a Sheffield school are aiming to ‘lose’ a support worker to raise money for a vital piece of equipment.

But the seven teachers from Bethany School, Netherthorpe, have no intention of not seeing Catherine Stead again – they just want to try to lose her weight between them.

Headteacher Ken Walze said: “Catherine is a support worker for one of our Year 6 students, Ella Rose, who will need a lift installed by next year when she has to access classrooms on the second floor as part of our upper school.

“We decided to get together to try to lose the weight of our lightest staff member, which happens to be Catherine.

“We’ve added a bit on to get a to a round figure of about 50kg or 110lbs, so we are all hard at work.”

The teachers – Mr Walze, Judith Baxter, Anna Walze, Steph Kay, Angela Essam, Jenny Daniels and Lucy Mitchell – have been given membership to Nuffield Health fitness club on Napier Street, off Ecclesall Road, until Christmas.

Mr Walze said: “We’ll be doing a variety of activities to try to raise £15,000.

“The mechanism itself will cost between £10-12,000, but what it will do is ensure our school is totally accessible.

“Ella has been with us since she was aged four and in a wheelchair since a young age. We want to ensure we get the lift installed in time for next September.”

Bethany School, on Finlay Street, is self-funding with parents donating to the school’s upkeep and staff costs.

The school offers a Christian education where biblical principles inform every aspect of school life.

n Donations can be made through www.bethanyschoolsheffield.org