Jackie Fairfax - Alma Park Lollipop Lady

Dear Parents and Carers,

                                                       Jackie Fairfax - Alma Park Lollipop Lady

  

I am writing to share sad news of Jackie, our former Lollipop Lady who unfortunately lost her battle with cancer and passed away over the weekend.

Although Jackie's illness forced her to stop her crossing patrol duties last year she did sporadically pop into school to see our children who she cared for deeply. Having been Alma Park's Lollipop Lady for many years she had developed a strong bond with our children; they enjoyed seeing her each day and exchanging warm "Hellos" and "Goodbyes", whilst she escorted them safely across Errwood Road. Many families have been asking after Jackie's welfare since she stopped her duties.

Jackie was so fondly regarded by our school community that when Manchester Council tried to remove her crossing patrol some years ago the families of Alma Park successfully petitioned for her services to be retained. Jackie's commitment to our school and her brave battle with her illness were rightfully recognised when she was presented with Levenshulme Inspire's 'Carer' and 'Overall' awards in Autumn 2012 (please visit the link below).

Jackie will be missed by everyone at Alma Park and our heartfelt condolences go to her family.

Teachers will share this sad news sensitively with their classes today. Children will have opportunity to draw pictures or write messages which will be compiled into an album for Jackie's family; you are also invited to contribute your thoughts and memories. Feel free to drop off your messages or cards into the school office over this week and please contact parents/carers of former Alma Park pupils who may wish to contribute.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Parfitt

Headteacher

PS This morning I have been approached by some parents/carers regarding a collection for flowers or a charity chosen by Jackie's family.  Contributions can be made at the office. I will share further information with you as it becomes available.

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/levenshulme-lollipop-lady-jackies-award-697394

 

Alma Park Primary School

Errwood Road

Levenshulme, Manchester M19 2PF

T: 0161 224 8789

E: admin@almapark.manchester.sch.uk