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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Teacher celebrates 60th with huge reunion

A WHITEHAVEN School teacher is holding a huge fundraising reunion event for past pupils to celebrate his 60th birthday.

Over the past 29 years, popular teacher Rob Huck has taught thousands of pupils at the secondary school and has been Head of Year to five year groups.

He has also been involved in numerous school fundraising events which has helped to raise more than £42,000 for charities.

And now he is inviting past pupils to his birthday celebrations on Sunday, December 22, at Whitehaven Golf Club.

Mr Huck said: “My family and I decided that we wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday, whilst acknowledging the efforts and achievements of the students who went to Whitehaven School, now in its 30th year, and also raising some money for local charities.”

The event will run from 7pm until midnight.

Entry is by ticket only and the £10 cost includes sandwich and chips, for £8, and a £2 donation split between Kie Park, in memory of Kieran Goulding, and Megan’s Dream, to help pay for an operation to help Cockermouth teenager Megan White, to walk.

A disco and karaoke will be provided by former pupil Gary Bound and the tables will be dressed by past student Amanda Sibbald.

There will be a raffle and auction. Going under the hammer will be an England RL shirt signed by all the World Cup squad, donated by Lee Mossop, England/ Wigan Warriors, and now Parramatta Eels in Australia.

Mr Huck said: “It will be a very special night and one not to be missed.”

He said it is also likely to be the last ever event for Whitehaven School which ceases to exist with the onset of academy status on January 6.

Mr Huck began teaching at Whitehaven School in 1984 and since then has taught thousands of young people.

He said: “Throughout that time I have never ceased to be amazed by the kindness, generosity and support that my colleagues, the school and the wider community have provided for the various events I have organised over the years to raise funds for a variety of worthy causes, locally, nationally and internationally. The figure is now in excess of £42,000.

“Three of the biggest sums raised have been for the 20- mile sponsored walk which we have organised three times in five-year cycles, with £2,700 for the Meningitis Appeal, £11,700 for the Henderson Suite and West Cumbria Hospice at Home and an astonishing £18,200 for the teenage cancer care unit at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Well Child Charity for terminally-ill babies and children. Internationally we sent £1,700 to Kosova refugees during the civil war in 1998 and for the last 23 years have sent over 2,200 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.”

He said another sponsored walk will be taking place on May 14 and former students are invited to join the group.

Anyone interested in attending the birthday celebrations can reserve and pay for tickets by calling Mr Huck on 01946 691275. Twelve tables have already been booked.

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