Fundraising date helps to keep up Joan’s strong school legacy

Deurali High School
Deurali High School

The family and friends of a popular member of the Kirton and Frampton community are continuing her fundraising legacy.

Joan Lawrence worked with children at Frampton playgroup and was a community playgroup supervisor at Kirton Town Hall.

She was also on Kirton Primary School PTA, a Middlecott School governor and was senior librarian at Kirton Library.

She was also involved with Kirton History and was co-writer/editor with Joy Beecham of a book on the history of the village.

Joan died from a brain tumour in 1997 aged 58 but – along with husband Stan – had set in motion sponsorship of a school in Nepal after a trek in the Himalayas.

Every September the ‘coffee rendezvous’ raises £700 for the school supported by friends, bowling colleagues, neighbours and family.

These financial contributions have enabled the school to build extra classrooms, toilets and employ extra teachers so the number of pupils could rise from 200 to 350.

The school has been upgraded from primary to lower secondary with over 200 students progressing to further education in Kathmandu.

Originally Joan and Stan trekked to get to the school and stayed over at guide Shambu’s house but last October Stan’s friends Renee and Tracy Sweere who wished to see the school were informed that it could now be accessed by road.

It took 2.5 hours to travel the 27km in a 4x4 through treacherous holes and bumps and over mountain sides but they arrived to see a new science block and one of the teachers was a former pupil when Joan and Stan first visited.

Daughter Kay, daughter- in-law Sally-Ann and Tracy continue to help the school develop.

This year’s Coffee Rendezvous will take place on Saturday from 10am–4pm at Magnolia Lodge, Ralphs Lane, Frampton West, PE20 1RQ.

Tickets £1, to include coffee and a donut or biscuits. Contributions of cakes, bric-a-brac, books, tombola prizes and puzzles gratefully received.