Willoughby School’s tribute to its heroes

Willoughby School, Bourne  heroes assembly. Pictured are  head teacher Adam Booker with  Matthew Conlan-Morris and Archery  gold medalist  Carl Harding. EMN-140511-162500009
Willoughby School, Bourne heroes assembly. Pictured are head teacher Adam Booker with Matthew Conlan-Morris and Archery gold medalist Carl Harding. EMN-140511-162500009
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The staff and pupils at The Willoughby School and their guests, who were celebrated at a special assembly, can all be classed heroes.

The 75 youngsters who face everyday challenges, the staff whose dedication helps pupils develop, the sporting heroes who inspire them and the supporters who walked, cycled or cooked to raise £34,000 for the special school.

At a Heroes Assembly on Wednesday the school formally said “thank you for your support” to champion equestrian Bert Sheffield and horse Darcy, Invictus games gold medallist Carl Harding, a team from Warners of Bourne, a team from Five Bells, in Morton and Co-op store staff.

Adam Booker, head teacher of the Bourne school for the past 11 years, said: “It was our first Heroes Assembly. It was a way of recognising everyone who has supported us and inspired us.

“It was a chance for us to be able to say ‘thank you for everything’.”

Carl Harding, a governor at the school where his son Harry is a pupil, was one of the heroes.

The former RAF Regiment Officer and Bosnian war veteran who won a gold medal for archery in the London Invictus games - an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, championed by Prince Harry.

Mr Booker said: “Carl getting gold is something we are all in awe of and it has inspired so many of us. We are very very proud of him and of being associated with him.”

Another hero Bert Sheffield, a national para equestrian champion, who lives in Bourne, and is a patron of the school, brought along her horse Darcy.

Mr Adams said: “The children had a chance to interact with the horse which was lovely.”

A team of 10 heroes from Warners in Bourne, have been raising funds all year. Led by Simon Allen, whose son Jack is a pupil at the school, his colleagues cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Their activities included a Come Dine With Me event. And this weekend they will walk from the centre of London to the Thames Barrier. Their efforts have raised £9,000 so far.

Hero staff from the Co-operative store in Bourne, who adopted Willoughby School as their charity of the year, ran a number of in-store events and raised £9,000.

A team of 13 heroes from the Five Bells, in Morton, led by former parent Dean Thomas cycled from coast to coast - White Haven to South Shields over four days and raised £20,000.

Mr Adams said: “There’s been a focus on sport over the last 18 months because of a Government push. It also fits in with our aim of looking at the achievements of different sporting personalities in Britain.”

Before the Heroes assembly the children did a presentation about the different sports people they had read about and contacted.

Among them was four-times paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds whom they tweeted,

“She has now started following us which is wonderful,” Mr Booker said.

“It was a lovely day and really nice for our children, parents, supporters and patrons of the school.”