Pupils walk a ‘magic mile’ for charity in memory of Stowmarket nursery worker

Pupils from Walsham-le-Willows Primary School took part in a sponsored walk in memory of Stowmarket nursery worker Jane Jackaman ANL-141011-151210001
Pupils from Walsham-le-Willows Primary School took part in a sponsored walk in memory of Stowmarket nursery worker Jane Jackaman ANL-141011-151210001
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Pupils at a village school put their best foot forward for a children’s charity in memory of a Stowmarket nursery worker.

The children at Walsham-le-Willows Primary completed laps around the school grounds to reach a ‘Magic Mile for Jane’ in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).

The event was a tribute to Jane Jackaman, who worked at Little Mice Nursery, in Stowmarket and died aged 48 last May after battling cancer.

The walk, which raised £508, was organised by her friend of 30 years Dawn Goodwin, who is a childminder.

She said: “Jane did everything for children. It was such an emotional day and the sun was shining.

“The children were singing – they so thoroughly enjoyed it and really wanted to participate.

“A really special thank you to the school for letting us do this.”

Jane’s mum Sheila, of Stowmarket, cheered the pupils on and counted the number of laps they completed.

Mrs Goodwin, 52, of Walsham-le-Willows, said the event had inspired the community to rally round after she managed to raise £200 and one girl collected £70.

Meanwhile, another youngster held a stall outside her home and made £10.

Mrs Goodwin now aims to hold an annual fund-raiser in Jane’s memory with the school.

Last year they collected £420 for Each in dinosaur money boxes.

She said: “I hope it inspires other schools to get involved in good causes.”