Harthill: Pupils raise £600 for former teacher who underwent life-saving heart transplant

Former Harthill Primary School teacher Amanda Daggett with pupils from the school who are fundraising for Amanda who is on the transplant list for a new heart. Picture: Andrew Roe
Former Harthill Primary School teacher Amanda Daggett with pupils from the school who are fundraising for Amanda who is on the transplant list for a new heart. Picture: Andrew Roe

Pupils from Harthill Primary School are celebrating after raising £600 in funds for one of their former teachers who has recently undergone a life-saving heart transplant.

The children sold delicious homemade cakes and copies of their ‘school newspaper’ during a fun day on Friday, October 23, in support of their 33-year-old teacher Amanda Daggett.

Amanda, who has been teaching at the school since 2004 and attended the fun day, had been on the waiting list for a new heart for a over a year.

Michelle Storey, the school’s business manager, said she was ‘delighted’ to announce that Amanda underwent a successful heart transplant last week.

She added: “It has been really emotional for us. Amanda is a much-loved member of staff who has been at the school since she came out of her teacher training.

“It was great to see not only the children get involved with the fundraising, but also businesses in the community like Harthill co-op who raised £100 by doing a raffle.

“We would love to see Amanda return to the school but for now she has a long recovery ahead of her, which we wish her all the best with.”

£250 of the funds raised will go to the Northern General hospital in Sheffield, with the remaining funds being donated to Amanda and her family.