Teachers shave off taches for terminally ill deputy

By Connie Osborne Thursday 05 December 2013 Updated: 05/12 12:59

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Buy photos » Studley High School teachers Richard Eost, Keith Guy and David Hawkins were among those taking part in Movember to raise funds for their terminally ill deputy headteacher's care. Picture by Marcus Mingins 4913007MMR.

TEACHERS from Studley High School said no to their mo in honour of a terminally ill deputy headteacher.

Staff shaved off their moustaches after growing them throughout November in aid of Pat Lopeman who was diagnosed with a metastatic tumour on the brain.

For the past month pupils and staff from the Crooks Lane school have been fund-raising for St Richard's Hospice in Worcester which is currently supporting the 56-year-old's care since he fell ill at the end of August this year.

As well as taking part in Movember, funds were also raised as part of a non uniform day. Past pupils and parents also donated money at a recent awards evening and others have took to the dedicated Justgiving web page to boost funds.

Nearly £1,500 has been raised so far, while male teachers have also been talking to pupils in assembly to raise awareness of men's health issues.

Headteacher Elaine Young said Mr Lopeman's diagnosis was a terrible tragedy for a long-serving colleague and his family.

"The staff, pupils and extended school community have shown a great caring spirit with messages of thanks, support and comfort and by raising money in a variety of ways for St Richard's Hospice.

"I'm proud of the commitment shown and way the community of Studley has pulled together in such difficult times."

To donate to Mr Lopeman's care visit www.justgiving.com/movember4lopeman or www.justgiving.com/Raise-a-Smile to give directly to St Richard's Hospice.

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