Children of all ages at Bonners Primary School, Maresfield, took part in a mini-MoonWalk yesterday to raise funds in memory of teaching assistant Joanne Hewitt.
Joanne lost a battle with breast cancer in January but is still very much in the hearts and minds of those she worked with at the school and the pupils.
Her husband Kieran, daughter Millie, son Jack, and mother Maureen Horwell were invited to cheer on the youngsters as they took on their challenge, and the family helped plant a flowering cherry tree in the school grounds.
The mini-MoonWalk was organised by Year 6 pupils who were inspired by 16 members of staff, past and present, who took part in the London Moonwalk last month.
More than £5,000 was raised for Cancer Research in sponsorship through the London MoonWalk and more than £500 was expected to be raised yesterday.
Another £2,000 has been pledged through an online action and next Saturday, June 29, there will be another boost for Cancer Research when a Charity Gala Dinner and Auction organised by the school takes place at East Sussex National Hotel.
The evening will begin with a Fizz Reception, and be followed by a three-course meal, disco, table magician, and an auction.
Items donated for the auction include a holiday to Malta, Rolls Royce chauffeured shopping experience, tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed and much more.
The auction website can be found here.
Joanne’s family said they were very moved by all the school was doing in her memory. Kieran said: “Everyone loved Joanne and that is what we can see here.”
Millie added: “There is so much support and care here. It never stops, and she will live on through the cherry tree.”
Millie and Jack helped to plant the tree in a space prepared by caretaker Franco Barbarossa.
Head teacher Eva Wilson said Joanne was incredible and made a difference to the lives of hundreds of children through helping with their reading and writing. She was a special part of this school and will always remain in our hearts at Bonners.”