Racing effort in memory of school helper

Staff prepare for the off and (below) pupils get some practice on the playing fields.
Staff prepare for the off and (below) pupils get some practice on the playing fields.
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A team of parents, staff, governors and former pupils will be sharing the same thoughts as they race in this year’s Blackpool fun run.

The 40-strong team from Clifton Primary School is taking part in the event in the memory of the school’s office administration assistant, Anne Morton.

Pupils get some practice on the playing fields.

Pupils get some practice on the playing fields.

Mrs Morton, 49, was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and in the early part of this year doctors discovered it was affecting several parts of her body.

Clifton headteacher Rachel Legge said: “She was having treatment, but her way of coping was coming back into school to see the children.

“Unfortunately in March she was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and she ended up being transferred to Trinity Hospice where she died on March 10.

“It was quite a horrendous time at the school.”

Pupils get some practice on the playing fields.

Pupils get some practice on the playing fields.

Mrs Morton had been at the St Annes school for six years, and worked at Our Lady Star of the Sea before that.

Mrs Legge, 36, said Mrs Morton had enjoyed running, so as a tribute to her some of the staff members signed up to do this year’s Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run in aid of the hospice where she spent her last few days.

More and more people joined up, and now as well as the fun run team which ranges in age from 11 to 55 years old, some of the pupils who are too young to take part have joined the school’s running club.

Mrs Legge said: “Training is going well – some of us haven’t done exercise in quite a long time but we’re starting to get more competitive now.

“We are all looking forward to it. There’s a real buzz around school.”

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School team set to smash its £1,000 funds target

While some people won’t be able to run the whole route, the school team is determined they will all finish the race.

“We will all be thinking of Anne on the day,” Mrs Legge added. The team has a target of £1,000, but look set to smash it as already people have donated more than £700. To support the school team, visit www.justgiving.com/Teammorton.

The Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k Fun Run is being organised by Trinity Hospice, and is on Sunday May 12.

To enter, visit www.beaverbrooksfunrun.org.uk or fill in the entry form printed top right.

BLACKPOOL 10K FUN RUN: Click here for our Fun Run minisite including entry form and gallery from last year’s event..