Basketball match in memory of teacher Fred at Bury school’s last annual fun day

The last ones standing after 12 hours of basketball: left to right [Sam Howard, Siobhan Sydney, Will McEntegart, Jess Horgan; Dan Tasker, Kirsty Downes, Simon Heap, Oli Thompson, Issac Nunn, Sam Diaper, Eloise Limmer, Lawrence Chadwick and Joel Tasker] ANL-151207-115519001

The last ones standing after 12 hours of basketball: left to right [Sam Howard, Siobhan Sydney, Will McEntegart, Jess Horgan; Dan Tasker, Kirsty Downes, Simon Heap, Oli Thompson, Issac Nunn, Sam Diaper, Eloise Limmer, Lawrence Chadwick and Joel Tasker] ANL-151207-115519001

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A fund-raising challenge in memory of a popular teacher formed part of a Bury St Edmunds school’s last annual fun day before its closure next year.

Former St Louis Catholic Middle pupils Kirsty Downes, 23, Simon Heap, 22 and Jess Horgan, 22, organised a 12-hour basketball match and raffle in tribute to Fred Grimsey, who died from cancer last year.

They raised £400 for the team of teachers and friends who took part in Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life at the weekend in honour of Mr Grimsey.

Miss Horgan, of Bury, said: “We were all touched by the passing of Mr Grimsey. We were all taught by him at some point during our time at St Louis. He taught me how to play and enjoy sport regardless of the outcome as well as making me enjoy maths.”

The activities included games and drills, refereed by Mr Grimsey’s son David, for pupils past and present.

Miss Downes, of Bury, said: “There were a couple of times when we wanted to give up but then we remembered the reason why we came together in the first place.

“Mr Grimsey never gave up on us, during my time playing basketball for St Louis, he would continue to support and proud of us whether we win or lose.”

Mr Heap, of Pakenham, added: “I think we were all pretty surprised that we managed to keep the ball bouncing for 12 hours, it was a massive achievement.

“If there was one person who would enjoy being a part of 12 hours of basketball it would have been Fred.

“The whole time I wished he could have seen us all.”

St Louis Middle will close next year as the majority of the town moves to two tier education.