Ann Maguire’s daughter welcomes home fundraisers after bike ride in her mother’s memory

James Weaver is congratulated by Emma Maguire, the daughter of Ann Maguire. Photo by Simon Hulme.

James Weaver is congratulated by Emma Maguire, the daughter of Ann Maguire. Photo by Simon Hulme.

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AS FORMER pupils at the school of Ann Maguire they know the impact the teacher had on her pupils.

Now Matthew Calvert and James Weaver have helped to ensure her legacy lives on after completing a charity bike ride from Scotland to Leeds in her memory.

Ann Maguire

Ann Maguire

The ex Corpus Christi Catholic College students rode more than 380 miles from Stirling to Leeds to raise money for the Ann Maguire Arts Education fund.

The Leeds teacher was fatally stabbed by pupil Will Cornick at the school in April, last year.

The charity fund has been set up in her memory by her family.

After three days on the road Matthew and James completed their journey into Leeds this evening and were welcomed home by Mrs Maguire’s daughter Emma at the steps of the Town Hall. Speaking on behalf of the charity she said: “We would like to thank and congratulate Matthew Calvert and James Weaver for organising this fundraising bike ride to raise money for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

Matthew Calvert (left) and James Weaver.

Matthew Calvert (left) and James Weaver.

“As past pupils of Ann’s school, Matthew and James are equally aware of the tragic events that took place in April 2014 but also of the wonderful contribution to young peoples’ lives and the legacy that Ann has left behind.

“Through such efforts from these two young men Ann’s work and teaching continues.”

The former students, who were deputy head boy and head boy during their time at Corpus Christi, have already surpassed their fund-raising target of £2,750.

The charity is co-ordinated through the Leeds Community Foundation and provides bursaries and funding for personal development of young people under the age of 18 through music, drama, language and dance.

The next round of applications for the memorial fund will open in September.

Anyone interested should contact the foundation or visit annmaguire.org

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