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Miss Hayes – an inspiration!

We are celebrating our Head of Year 7 Miss Kerry Hayes, who ran the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April.

“Running the marathon has enabled me to channel my grief into something positive after losing my dad, and to do something good from a bad situation. Initially I was raising money for a local lady living with cancer who just wanted to walk her son through the school gates on his first day in September. Unfortunately due to circumstances around bloods and other things, the NHS couldn’t fund treatment. I knew only too well after going through a similar situation with my dad how frustrating this can be so really wanted to offer help in some way.”

Miss Hayes raised £300 for the lady, and just over £600 for Bowel Cancer UK. Staff were not only highly impressed that she ran the marathon, but that she was straight back in work the next day, not missing any time to support students. Assistant Headteacher Mr John Leonard commented: “We are extremely proud of Miss Hayes for her achievements and her amazing strength of character. This is just another example of her going above and beyond for others, something she does every day here in school. To balance her training with work and her commitments to her young family is admirable. We know the charities are close to her heart and I’m sure, knowing Miss Hayes, this won’t be the last piece of fundraising she will be doing. Congratulations Miss Hayes!”

Miss Hayes added: “The whole experience has been amazing, students in school have been really supportive and some of them have even told me they’ve been inspired which is lovely to hear.”

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB