Thousands raised by pupils after loss of school assistant
PUPILS moved by the loss of a school worker have raised thousands of pounds in her memory — over just a few days.
Gaynor Daniel worked as a learning support assistant at Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera for the past seven years, where she was much-loved by youngsters with whom she worked.
But she passed away in May, following a battle with cancer, inspiring the pupils she worked with to raise money for charity Maggie's Cancer Care, which supports people affected by cancer.
Pupils staged a series of events, including a sports day between the school's houses, and a sponsored walk to Pontardawe, where Gaynor lived, and where she worked previously at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontardawe.
YG Ystalyfera headteacher Matthew Evans said: "Gaynor's work with pupils was notable as her calm and caring personality, combined with a very positive outlook on life was an inspiration to many pupils and staff.
"She had a deep concern and affection for those pupils in her care and would freely give of her time and attention to encourage, cajole and support pupils in their work.
"She worked hard as part of a team of staff with the school humanitarian fund, raising considerable amounts of money to local, national and international charities. "This was particularly true of her work with Mr X each year where she would work with year seven pupils to raise money for local children and family as they faced Christmas.
"It was fitting therefore that the school, following her loss to cancer during the Whitsun holidays, to organise two days of activities at the school to raise money for Maggie's — a specialised unit supporting families as they face the challenge of cancer."
The results of pupils' efforts was a remarkable £7,700.
The money is due to be handed over to Maggie's representative Lucia Smith, in a special assembly on Monday morning.