School’s lasting tribute to tragic teacher

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A lasting memorial to a well-loved Mansfield teacher has been placed on the grounds of the school where she taught.

A bench, complete with plaque, has been placed at St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy in memory of Hannah Gamage.

The 26-year-old died from bowel cancer last year.

The bench was made by volunteers from the Young Employment Skills Service, who have been doing charity work for the Cavewood Gateway Project which is funded by the National Lottery.

The materials were supplied by Rainworth Fencing.

Along with the bench, there is also a preserved tree sculpture and daffodils planted by the pupils.

A spokesman for the school said: “Miss Gamage was a well-loved teacher and the children thoroughly enjoyed seeing the bench and sculpture being put into place.

“Both are a fitting tribute to a wonderful teacher and individual.”

Hannah was only diagnosed with bowel cancer on 4th December, 2013, just four months before she died.

Within 24 hours of her diagnosis, she underwent surgery in which she had a colostomy and ileostomy bag fitted.

She started treatment a few weeks later but it failed to save her.

However, her gratitude to the help she received from charity, Cancer Research UK, led her to setting up a fundraising page.

And having set herself a target of £500, she eventually raised a staggering £30,000.