Teacher’s legacy lives on in Ugandan project
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Tree planted in honour of Sara Bluett at Kira Farm project as school clubs together to raise thousands for her favourite charity.
THE LEGACY of a teacher killed in a car accident will live on forever in the Ugandan project she cared so much about thanks to a tree planted in her name.
Park Community School was devastated when popular graphics teacher Sara Bluett was killed in the collision on her way into school on March 25.
The 46-year-old had loyally fundraised for Barnstaple charity Amigos during her 13 years at the school and now her colleagues and pupils have continued in her memory.
In a bid to honour Sara, the school united in a sea of purple – the colour of her school house – raising £1,750 with purple clothes, cakes and activities.
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And a lasting tribute to Sara was made by the charity in return as students at its Ugandan project Kira Farm Training Centre planted a soursop tree in her honour.
The soursop produces edible fruits and also has many medicinal purposes, a fitting tribute to the teacher who spent a week teaching young Ugandans under a similar tree.
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Her partner Guy Watton said Sara visited the country seven years ago for a week and it had inspired her to discover and fundraise for Amigos.
“She wanted us to eventually go out to Kira Farm together,” said Guy.
Amigos director Phil Pugsley said it was impossible to put a figure on how much Sara had raised but it amounted to thousands in the 10 years he had known her.
“Sara had visited Uganda and she could see how important education was out there – she never, ever forgot it,” he said.
“She was determined to help young Africans get an education.
“It changed her life. She was completely selfless and inspirational and that experience never left her.”
Guy said he had also planted a tree in Sara’s memory in their garden in Widemouth.
“She loved teaching but she had planned to leave when she was 50 and settle down here to look after the holiday home business we were developing,” he said.
“I’ve planted a tree in our garden with her ashes underneath because it was where she wanted to spent the rest of her life.”
The couple, who have a three-year-old foster son called Jack, got together when they were 15 and although they went their separate ways, reunited eight years ago.
“She was very popular wherever she went and when she left in the morning to go to school, she absolutely loved it,” said Guy.
On Friday the year 10 head of houses at Park School handed over a cheque for the grand total of £2350 to Amigos from the purple day and a previous non-uniform day.
Guy said he was touched by the amount of support from students but it was not surprising knowing the impact Sara had on people’s lives.
“It has been very difficult; sometimes you get a moment when on you’re on your own and you think nobody cares, so it is comforting to know so many people do,” he said.
Individual students at Park School are also undertaking their own fundraising activities in aid of Amigos to pay tribute to the teacher they were fond of.
Year 11 pupil Matt Adamson will taking part in a marathon run from Braunton to Bideford, and back to Barnstaple on August 10 and hopes to raise £1,000.
Sara’s year nine tutor group has also vowed to raise £1,000 before reaching year 11.
Graphics teacher Sue Edmonds, who was also Sara’s best friend, said it was heart-warming to see the school come together.
“It’s still very raw, but it was very touching to see everybody taking part during our purple themed non-uniform day,” she said.
Anyone wishing to donate to Matt’s Mad Marathon can do so via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MattAdamson. For more information on the work of Amigos visit www.amigos.org.uk.