Immanuel College, Thackley, holds fundraiser to fulfil legacy of teacher Tracey Askham (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Immanuel College, Thackley, holds fundraiser to fulfil legacy of teacher Tracey Askham
6:00am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
College students and staff hope to raise enough money to fulfil the ambition of a beloved teacher who died in the summer.
Tracey Askham was passionate about her charity work and was fundraising to finish building teachers’ quarters at Immanuel College’s sister school, Minteh Kundeh Lower Basic School, in The Gambia.
The building will now be named Tracey Askham House and students and relatives will travel to The Gambia to paint and officially open it.
Mrs Askham, a teacher at Immanuel College, in Thackley, died aged 47 on August 28, a week after an accident in an Idle supermarket car park where she was trapped behind her vehicle after it was hit by a motorist.
She was a popular teacher and a sea of flowers was laid in tribute to her at the school, where 1,000 pupils lined the street during her funeral.
On Sunday, Immanuel College will host a fundraiser at Thackley Football Club in memory of Mrs Askham, with the hope of making enough money to complete the work.
Bradford celebrities Kimberley Walsh and Dynamo are backing the event by donating items to be raffled.
Mrs Askham and a colleague first saw an advertisement in 2006 for the Gambian Schools Trust and wanted to help. The pair, along with students, raised £5,000 and in 2006 made their first visit to the Minteh Kundeh Lower Basic School in the north of The Gambia. With the money raised, they built and equipped a library.
Fundraising has taken place ever since, with a visit every April to see the school’s progress.
Mrs Askham’s friend and colleague, Sam White, said: “This is a project that was close to Tracey’s heart and has been since it started in 2006. This event is not only about raising the money, but about celebrating Tracey’s life.”
The fundraiser runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm and is open to everyone. It will include football matches, face-painting, a bouncy castle and a penalty shoot-out.
A spokesman for the school said: “The event has been organised by students who are more committed than ever to fulfil Tracey Askham’s wish to complete the teachers’ quarters build by Christmas, so it is ready before the rainy season.”
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