HUNDREDS of students will spend their next school year raising funds in memory of their teacher who died suddenly during their summer break.
Framwellgate School’s director of technology Derek Sutton died of pneumonia linked to the complications to cancer of the oesophagus, which had been diagnosed just months earlier.
The 58-year-old, who lived in Gilesgate in Durham, was a tutor in Hawk house and its 242 pupils have turned their attentions to collecting as much cash as they can to donate to the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust, which works with teenagers who have the illness.
The project is being headed up by six prefects from the house and palns already in the pipeline are for a team of 12 to take part in the BUPA Edinburgh Great Run and a series of bike rides, including a C2C ride at Easter, a 131-mile cycle, which will involve a group of pupils cycling over a three-day stretch, and a bid to travel 2,000 miles on a static bike during tutor time.
A sponsored walk will also take place on a route loved by Mr Sutton, who was married to Anita and had a daughter and a step-son, along the River Wear near to Maiden Castle and will be held during this month’s half-term holiday.
Cake sales have already started off the fund, which is being supported by students of all ages.
Kyle Dinsdale, the school’s co-ordinator of learning, said: “Derek was very pupil orientated and I think that’s come through in the lengths people are going to to remember him by.
“He will be sadly missed as a teacher and pupils are very keen to remember him through their voluntary and charity work.
“He died during the summer holidays so it’s still quite raw and we’ve already raised £755.”
The project follows on from a similar feat set up by Mr Dinsdale for a group of students last year.
A team of boys from his tutor group decided to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young after one of their sister’s died while practicing for a race at a sports day at the age of eight.
Their tasks included the C2C bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland, the Three Peaks Climb up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon and the Manchester Great Run.
The school has set up an online donations page for the latest challenge via www.justgiving.com/rememberingmrsutton and can also take money via mobiles with test stating fram99 and how much is to be donated set to 700070.