Teacher and parent from Wirral school run London marathon in memory of late colleague

A teacher and a parent from Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School, Greasby, have completed the London marathon to raise funds for Brain Research UK. 

Mrs Nicola McShane, early years foundation stage leader, and Mrs Stacy Walsh, a parent of a pupil, ran the 26-mile course in an incredible 4 hours 55 minutes and 5 hours 33 minutes, respectively.

The duo ran the iconic marathon in memory of Miss Susanne Adams, a former teacher at the school, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour and sadly passed away in June last year.

Miss Adams worked at the school for 25 years and was much-loved by staff, students and the wider community.

Mrs McShane and Mrs Walsh decided to honour her memory by taking on this challenge and raising vital funds towards Brain Research UK, a charity dedicated to supporting those affected by neurological conditions.

With the help of the whole school community, the pair have raised over £10,000 and counting.

Pupils at the school even got the opportunity to raise funds for ‘Team Miss Adams’ and completed their own mini marathon in the school’s grounds, where they ran past some London landmarks.

Mrs McShane shared a heart-warming tribute to Miss Adams. She said, “Miss Adams was an incredible teacher and friend. Her dedication to her job was fantastic, and she constantly went above and beyond for her students. She will be missed greatly.”

Head of school at Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School, Mrs Kathryn Dunne, said, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Miss Adams.

“The last 12 months have been a sad time for our school, but in the face of such difficult circumstances, our community has come together and demonstrated respect, compassion, and resilience. 

“We have introduced the ‘My Happy Mind’ programme, which encourages pupils and staff to look after their mental wellbeing through a range of different techniques.

“Our Lady of Pity is incredibly proud of Mrs McShane and Mrs Walsh on this outstanding achievement.”

Donations for Team Miss Adams can be made on the school’s Just Giving page here

Lead image: (L-R) Stacy Walsh and Nicola McShane

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A teacher and a parent from Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School have completed the London marathon