GERRY Oldfield was a popular character at Cottage Grove Primary.
So to celebrate his life, pupils at the school took part in a sporty day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Mr Oldfield was a governor at Mayfield School and taught there for many years.
He used to visit Cottage Grove Primary every Friday and pupils became very familiar with him.
He died of a heart attack last December.
Children across the school from Reception up to Year 6 were tasked with skipping in teams and individually.
They also played dodgeball. Each child was asked to collect sponsorship money for the charity.
Headteacher Polly Honeychurch said: ‘It’s gone really well. We wanted to organise something for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Gerry.
‘He used to come in and work with the children.
‘It was important for us to do something with the children in a positive way to remember his life.
‘For some of the children this was their first personal experience of bereavement.
‘We wanted it to be a celebration. He would have absolutely loved it.
‘He would be in there joining in with the children.’
Year 6 pupil Mahin Abdul, 11, said: ‘It’s been really fun.
‘We’re raising money for Mr Oldfield, which I think is an excellent idea.
‘He was a very close friend to me.
‘I used to do a lot of things with him.
‘We used to chat a lot and he used to come to homework club.
‘He used to help me with my homework. I saw him now and then outside my school
‘He was very close to my family as well.
‘I think he would really appreciate this.’
Year 6 pupil Brandon Robinson, 11, added: ‘He was kind and caring. I think he would appreciate this and he would be proud of all of us.’
Karen Davies, who helped organise the event, added: ‘It’s been fantastic.
‘We’ve had a good day. They have played fairly. They have taken it in good spirits.
‘They have supported each other and they have really worked together.’
by RUTH SCAMMELL