PUPILS and staff are raising money for a permanent tribute to a teacher who died last year.
Mum-of-one Emma-Jane Hopper, of Burton Green, Rossett, was diagnosed with a rare brain condition last October and died from the illness just a month later.
Emma-Jane, who was 34, was a Years 3 and 4 teacher at St Peter’s Primary School in the village, as well as a former pupil at the school, before she contracted Moyamoya syndrome.
Moyamoya is a narrowing or blockage of the four main blood vessels in the brain known as internal carotid arteries.
Since her death, staff and pupils at the school have been mourning her death and are now hoping to raise money through a virtual cycle ride to Malawi, which they hope will raise enough money for a permanent tribute to her in the school.
Helen Pritchard, the school’s headteacher, said: “We were devastated as a primary school when we lost Emma-Jane.
“She was in school with us in September but then she got diagnosed with a rare brain condition in the October and had to be treated in Walton Hospital, Liverpool. She unfortunately died in the November. It was so sad and all very sudden.”
The challenge to cycle the 5,000 miles from Rossett to Malawi is being done by staff, pupils and friends of Emma-Jane so they can install a mosaic which will depict all the aspects of her interaction in the school.
Mrs Pritchard added: “What this will do is help the children through the grieving process, which has been very hard for them.”
The challenge on exercise bikes will be undertaken from Monday, March 10 and will last for two weeks, and there will be a book people who take part can sign and leave a tribute, which will be passed on to Emma-Jane’s husband Scott and their two-year-old daughter Eleanor.
Any left over money will be sent to a school in Malawi which St Peter’s pupils have donated sport kits and uniforms to in the past.
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