Richmond school dances the day away in memory of long-serving staff member

Pupils and staff at Richmond C of E Primary school have enjoyed a sponsored dance-a-thon to raise following the death of a long-standing member of staff, Liz Metcalfe.

The school was inspired by Liz’s love of dancing and the money raised will go towards a ‘friendship hut’ in her memory.

Mrs Owens decided that this would be great way to raise money and remember Liz this way.

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She said: “Liz used to love watching Strictly Coming Dancing and would talk about it in school, she would also go and watch the live shows.

“A dance themed day seemed the most appropriate way to remember her.”

In a range of outfits from bow ties to afro wigs, the day started with a whole school dance and then over the course of the day every class danced to keep the school dancing all day.

Staff took over at playtime and lunchtime to keep the dancing going.

AKsents mobile disco kindly provided the music in the afternoon free of charge, keeping the tunes going and allowing for a whole school conga around the school field with music.

The dancing didn’t stop there, with children returning later on for the school disco.

Deputy head teacher Lucy Hodges said: “It was a magical day, one that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Mrs Owens who has arranged it all and the families and friends of the school who have made generous donations.

“The biggest thanks though need to go to our amazing children who have danced their socks off.”

If you would like to make a donation towards the friendship hut in memory of Liz, please contact the school office