Pupils, parents and staff have come together to fundraise  for the British Heart Foundation in loving memory of Emma Foster a valued member of the Early Years team who sadly passed away earlier in the year.

A number of fundraising events have taken place in Emma’s memory to create a lasting memory of the much-loved staff member in the school. The whole school took part in donating and collecting ‘small change’, which was used to create a large heart on the floor in the Nursery playground. Staff volunteered their creative skills by offering face painting and Mehndi to the children for a donation, whilst the nursery and infant children held a dressing up day and donated £1 towards the charity appeal.

The whole week was a great success and the school managed to raise more than £500 in Emma’s memory.

Helen Cossavella, a teacher at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy, said:

“I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the parents, staff and children. Emma was respected and loved by all, so it seems fitting to create a lasting memory of her in school as well as making a generous donation to the British Heart Foundation to help them continue their support to people with heart disease.”

Fundraising activities will continue at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy to raise money throughout the remaining school year. A parent’s coffee morning has been organised along with a school and community cake sale. The school will also mark Emma’s birthday giving pupils and staff the opportunity to dress up in her favourite colours – black and pink, in return for a donation towards the fundraising cause.

PUPILS and staff at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy have been fundraising for the British Heart Foundation in loving memory of Early Years staff member Emma Foster