Sue East's Playground for St Andrew's Primary

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Hi everyone,

As some of you know, just before Christmas, my lovely Auntie Sue lost her battle with cancer at the age of 58. Before she passed away, I told her that I wanted to donate my hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity who make wigs for children with cancer and other diseases that cause hair loss. But mostly, I wanted to raise money for something of Sue’s choice. Along with my Mum and members of staff from St Andrew’s Church School in Bath (the primary school where Sue was Headteacher for 10 years), Sue decided that she’d like me to raise the money to refurbish the Foundation Stage playground, a space for Nursery and Reception children to play and learn - a project that has been close to her heart. 

So, that’s exactly what I’m doing. In February, I’ll be chopping off 12 inches of hair and dying what’s left fuchsia pink- Sue’s favourite colour. (Here's a photo of me, and the hair I'd like to donate)! Alongside the hair donation, the money I intend to raise from this will go towards the refurbishment of the school playground in Sue’s honour.
Sue was a pioneering creative force in primary education. She was at the forefront of the School Without Walls (SWW) programme and regularly shared her expertise on this at a national level. She understood the value of her pupils taking their learning outside of the classroom and into creative and cultural settings in Bath and beyond. She enlisted artists, musicians, designers and academics from universities across the country to collaborate on a spectrum of creative educational initiatives. 

Sue also understood the importance of the school’s physical environment and its impact on the wellbeing and academic achievement of each child. The St Andrew’s Green Classrooms report was developed in 2017 by parents who enlisted the help of environmental scientists, architects and local universities. Based on the latest research, it provides guidance on specific and measurable improvements that can be made to every classroom and outdoor space at St Andrews, to promote wellbeing and enhance learning outcomes. The playground refurbishment is part of this strategy and I’d love to see it come to fruition, for Sue. 

Any donation, no matter how small, will be very gratefully received. Thank you x


Articles from Somerset Live and BBC News about Sue’s funeral: Funeral on Somerset Live,   Funeral on BBC News 

BBC Points West segment on Sue’s funeral (skip to around 10:38): BBC segment 

Article about Sue's final letter to her students: Somerset Live article

Video segment from BBC Points West about Sue (cut down and edited from the original clip my sister, Holly): BBC segment

Playground designs and plans:

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It’s been so amazing to receive so many generous donations from you all alongside your kind words, and in particular, I’ve been absolutely blown away hearing about all the ways people are fundraising money themselves for this campaign. Welton Primary School, Farmborough Primary School, and the Central Team at the Bath & Wells Academy Trust all held their own cake sales, and the children at Oldfield Park Infant School came to school in brightly coloured clothes- Sue would’ve loved that!

There are also two other GoFundMe campaigns running to support this one, which is really touching. Emma Mylan, a teacher at St Andrews, has donated her hair to the charity, just like me! Her page is here:


As well as this, a group of parents and children from St Andrews are taking part in the Bath Half marathon and Family Fun run TODAY- a massive thank you and good luck to Alice, Anna, Antonio, Lizzie, Sophia, Hana and Oliver! Their page is below:


Once again, thank you to everyone who has donated- it really is amazing to hear from so many people who knew and loved Sue. I’m so pleased that this project for my wonderful Aunt is going to become a reality! ❤️
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Over 12 inches gone :) So happy that I’m able to donate so much of my hair! And the best part is I know Sue would absolutely LOVE it!! ❤️

The chop may be done, but I’ll be keeping the page open for a while longer, so please share it with friends and family. Thank you so much for all your support! x
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Sue, my cousins, parents, sisters and I went to the Mop in Stratford last October and won three of these little ducks. We had so much fun chucking them round on the rides and being stupid! I brought one into the hairdressers with me yesterday to remind me of that day with Sue. ❤️
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We got just over 12 inches- so happy! Will be posting the finished result later today ❤️
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