Total raised in Mary Collard’s memory reaches £400,000

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 22 January 2018

Laurence Whiteley, Worle principal Jacqui Scott, Roger Paul and Sue Collard.

Laurence Whiteley, Worle principal Jacqui Scott, Roger Paul and Sue Collard.

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A Paralympic gold medallist visited a Worle school to congratulate students for raising £12,000 in memory of a former pupil.

Rower Laurence Whiteley survived bone cancer, and visited Worle Community School to collect the cheque for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Worle and Priory Community Schools raised £12,000 in memory of Mary Collard who died from bone cancer aged 11.

Mary attended Worle School, and a school award has been named after her.

Her parents, Sue and Andy, have been raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust since Mary died in 2012.

The students’ efforts and other fundraising activities have meant the total collected in Mary’s memory has reached £400,000.

Laurence, who was given a 30 per cent chance of surviving bone cancer, visited the school along with Roger Paul from the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Sue said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated.”

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