25 Teachers from St. Mary’s Menston Run in Memory of Much Loved Colleague - Go for Mo!



On Sunday 20 July, 25 teachers from St. Mary’s, Menston ran the Leeds 10k (10,000 metres) in memory of their much loved colleague, Mo Hooley, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.  Their challenge started with a Facebook comment by one teacher and before long, a whole team of similarly unfit, ageing, overweight teachers had joined her in the challenge.  Since then, the group have trained hard and were uncharacteristically looking forward to running the race.   

The group are raising money for Sue Ryder who provided invaluable care and support to Mo and her family in her last weeks. A JustGiving page for Team-Teachers has been set up 

At the last count, over £4000 has been raised with payments still flooding in.  

Despite the heat, all the group ran brilliantly, running the course together and all finishing -   an incredible achievement considering that many had only started running when the challenge was announced in February.  Many of the group have already signed up for the Abbey Dash in November and hope that the Leeds 10k will become an annual event in the school calendar for Team-Teachers.  


“It has been amazing. We have become fitter, lost weight and given each other incredible support, not to mention raising more money than we ever could have hoped - all in Mo’s memory. I think she would have been proud of us. The pupils and parents of the school have also been very supportive as everyone loved Mo - she was a valued, respected and amazing Chemistry teacher and was a wonderful, caring person.”
— Mrs J Lyons, Maths Teacher


In support of Sue Ryder (incredible hospice and neurological care)

Menston teachers take on 10k race for former colleague Mo who died of cancer [ILKLEY GAZETTE]

Photo: St. Mary's staff take a commemorative photo in our Memorial Garden