Sea of flowers in emotional tributes from pupils to 'inspirational teacher' (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Sea of flowers in emotional tributes from pupils to 'inspirational teacher'
6:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A sea of flowers has been placed in tribute to a hugely respected teacher by pupils at a Bradford secondary school following her death in a tragic accident.
More than a hundred bouquets line the front of Immanuel College, with others tied around trees and signs in the school’s grounds, where Tracey Askham had taught since 2001.
Personal and heart-felt messages from devastated pupils describe an inspirational, caring and passionate teacher who gave all she could to encourage her students to be the best they could be.
Mrs Askham died last Wednesday at Leeds General Infirmary. She was taken to the hospital the previous week after an accident in a supermarket car park.
A spokesman for Immanuel College yesterday said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked by the unexpected and sudden death of Tracey Askham, a much loved and respected member of the Immanuel family.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends.”
The 47-year-old was described as an “incredible teacher” and an “inspiration” on cards outside the Church of England School in Leeds Road, Thackley.
School pupils have placed the flowers ahead of the school re-opening next Monday.
One wrote: “Mrs Askham was a wonderful, loyal woman. She would do anything in the world to make every single student in school become successful and achieve their goal in life. She’d do anything to help others, even if that means her travelling to Gambia and doing something special for them kids.”
It was accompanied by a sketch of the teacher.
Another tribute read: “You were a brilliant teacher. You will be sadly missed by everyone.”
A card said Mrs Askham would be truly missed and said she was beautiful, amazing and an inspiration.
A boy also described her as “the best teacher ever” in his tribute.
In 2010 Mrs Askham ran the city’s half marathon in memory of a friend and former Immanuel College pupil who died of a heart condition aged 21.
Despite breaking both of her elbows during training, she was determined to do the run and that attitude to helping others has been reflected in online tributes too.
Praise for Mrs Askham on Facebook described her as “wonderful”.
One, by Katie Broadley, said she was a “beautiful woman inside and out”.
Lucy-Ann Lowde said: “Just been to Immanuel to lay some flowers! In absolute awe of the beauty. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady. Reading the messages really shows what an amazing and inspirational women Tracey Askham was! Rest in peace.”
Jill Whitfield wrote: “Just been looking at all the tributes to Tracey Askham...makes you feel quite humbled... what a beautiful, well thought of lady she was..such an awful, awful, thing to happen.. my thoughts and prayers are with her family now... rip lovely lady xxx”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said its inquiries were continuing into the accident. Anyone who witnessed the accident which occurred shortly after 7pm on August 21 has been urged to contact police on 101.
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