Richmond School students spend half-term fundraising in memory of popular teacher

Unity Shrimpton.
Two Richmond School students are spending half-term fundraising in memory of deputy head Dave Clark.

Year 11 student Will Arnold is inviting students, staff and friends of Mr Clark to walk, cycle or run in his honour and then make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Will decided to embark on a sporting fundraiser as Mr Clark was passionate about sport.

As a long-standing member of  Richmond Cycling Club, cycling was one of his favourite outdoor activities.

Will is inviting people to take part in his challenge throughout the October half-term break and until November 9.

Participants should:

  • Go out for a walk, run or bike ride and enjoy the countryside and stunning views
  • Take some photographs of where you went
  • Make your donation
  • Leave a comment about how much you enjoyed the activity, the area where you walked, cycled or ran and how far you covered
Will Arnold.

Unity Shrimpton, a Year 13 student, is putting the finishing touches to a playlist she will perform while busking in Richmond in honour of Mr Clark.

To make her performance more poignant, Unity is going to sing some of Mr Clark’s favourite tracks and has been practising a selection from his Spotify playlist, which his family shared with Unity.

Some of the songs she is learning include Caledonia – Dougie MacLean, Red Red Wine -UB40, Brown Eyed girl – Van Morrison, Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel, I love you because – Jim Reeves, Drift away – Sons of Zion and more.

She is planning to busk in:

  • Richmond from 1pm to 3pm on October 26, 27, 28, and 31 October.
  • Darlington October 29 and 30
  • Richmond from 4pm to 5pm on November 2, 3, 5 and 6 and from 10.30am to 1.30 pm on November 7
  • Thirsk from 3.30pm to 4.30pm later on November 7

She is also hoping to do some additional dates later in November.

Unity said: “Mr Clark’s playlist includes some incredible songs, some of which are new to me so I’m excited to try something different.

“The listed songs are very varied, with a selection of styles to flick between.

“For example, Red Red Wine’s cover by UB40 is largely reggae infused, whereas the more modern Budapest is much more pop.

“I am really looking forward to singing in honour of Mr Clark.”

Mr Clark died tragically last month while walking his dog.