Tuesday, 09 February 2016

Tributes to popular teacher

TRIBUTES are being paid to a popular teacher who has died aged 48.

MISSED: Dowdales teacher Gillian Blain (second left) with her son Jonathan, husband David and daughter Stephanie

Gillian Blain, a PE teacher at Dowdales School since 2005, lost her battle with cancer on April 16.

Mother-of-two Mrs Blain lived in Priory Road, Ulverston, with children Stephanie and Jonathan and husband David.

Dowdales’ acting headteacher Tony Sinton said: “During her time at Dowdales, she became a very important part of the PE team, always going about her job in a professional and caring way.

“The pupils like Mrs Blain. She was a very kind and caring teacher, she liked children and she loved inspiring them in her subject.

“This is particularly true of the coaching work she did with the netball teams. There are many pupils who made a lot of progress because of the work Mrs Blain was able to do with them during lessons, coaching sessions, fixtures and sports tours.

“As a tribute to Mrs Blain, the pupils at Dowdales have been selling and wearing miniature daffodils around the school this week. This will raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“The number of pupils proudly wearing their daffodils is a very moving tribute to the high esteem with which they held Mrs Blain.

“The school will be carrying out other fundraising events late in the year in memory of Mrs Blain. These will have a sport theme and will be fun – I am sure Mrs Blain would have approved.”

A group, called ‘You will be missed Mrs Blain!’, has been set up on social networking site Facebook, where current and former Dowdales pupils have been paying tribute to the well-liked teacher and been offering messages of support to her family.

Regan Hamilton wrote: “rest in peace mrs blain? never be forgotten... ill never forget all the laughs in tennis or gym... amazing teacher xxxx”

Andy George wrote: “God bless to a wonderful woman, coach, friend and most of all mother and Wife, you will be really missed. Love Shaz & Andy xxx”

Mrs Blain’s funeral takes place at Ulverston Parish Church on Tuesday at 1.15pm.

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