Sheffield school staff walk 2,750 miles in teacher’s memory

Staff at Sheffield’s Phillimore Community Primary School are putting their best feet forward as they run and walk a total of 2,750 miles in February as a fundraising tribute to friend and colleague Carol Hegyi.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 11:13 am

Carol, who was a teacher at the Darnall school, was just 48 when she lost her fight against cancer at St Luke’s Hospice in January.

Now the rest of the Phillimore team have set themselves the sporting challenge as they aim to raise at least £2,000 for the charity.

And with the fundraising figure already standing at more than £1,700, they are well on track to smash that total.

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Staff at Sheffield’s Phillimore Community Primary School are putting their best feet forward as they run and walk a total of 2,750 miles in February as a fundraising tribute to friend and colleague Carol Hegyi.

“We originally started out with a target of £500 but when we reached £1,000 we knew we had to push to make it at least £2,000,” said fellow teacher Sophie Bell.

“We would have liked to have been able to do something together in memory of Carol but that’s obviously not been possible so we are all doing our own thing.

“Some people said they would complete 48 miles, because Carol was 48, but every distance is making a difference.

“We’ve had sun, snow and rain but we’ve all carried on and it’s made us all feel like we are doing something.”

Phillimore Community Primary School sits at the heart of a large residential area of Darnall, and has been standing since 1924.

Phillimore Community Primary School opened as an academy on December 1 2016 as part of Sheffield South East Trust (SSET).

All money raised will go towards St Luke's Hospice who look after people over 18 from across the Sheffield region, with all kinds of terminal illnesses, including end stage neurological, heart, kidney and lung conditions, cancer and HIV.

Each year, St Luke’s help around 1,800 patients – some of them come to the hospice but many more are looked after at home by a team of community nurses, who help treat and alleviate pain, support and counsel and in some cases, help patients to die at home, if that’s what they want.

To support the Phillimore team or find out more about their fundraising efforts simply visit justgiving.com/fundraising/phillimoredoesmiles

To find out more about St Luke’s Hospice and the services they provide in Sheffield visit www.stlukeshospice.org.uk/