Hospice donation in memory of teacher

Photograph shows, Mr Mick Almond with his daughter Lucy Ryan and grandchildren Ted, Kate and Mae stood outside Saint Catherine's Hospice with Jane Richardson from the hospice.

Photograph shows, Mr Mick Almond with his daughter Lucy Ryan and grandchildren Ted, Kate and Mae stood outside Saint Catherine's Hospice with Jane Richardson from the hospice.

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Hundreds of pounds have been donated to local good causes in memory of much-loved teacher Pat Almond.

The donations were shared out from the £1,200 which was received in tributes at her funeral last November.

Members of her family, including her husband Mick, have presented £800 to St Catherine’s Hospice and £200 each to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The donation for St Catherine’s was handed over to fundraiser Jane Richardson by Mr Almond, his daughter Lucy and grandchildren Ted, Kate and Mae.

Mrs Richardson said: “We are delighted to accept this donation in memory of Mrs Almond, which will help fund our services, offering patient centred care at the hospice and in the community, without any charge to patients and their families.”

Mrs Almond, who taught at a number of schools in Ryedale during her career, was also a councillor in Ayton.

She started her teaching career in 1968 at West Heslerton primary school, where she taught for six years, until the birth of her two daughters Caroline and Lucy.

She then returned to teaching at Pickering Junior School where she stayed for 20 years until taking early retirement.

However, shortly after, Mrs Almond was approached to help with teaching music and supply teaching at Rosedale Abbey junior school, where she taught until her second retirement ten years later in 2007.

Mrs Almond also worked part-time in the 1990s running creative writing courses in Rosedale, Egton Bridge and Whitby, and was musical director of the Ayton Ladies Choir.

Many loving tributes were paid by family, friends and colleagues when Mrs Almond passed away after a long illness.

Her husband Mick said: “Pat was passionate about everything she did. She was a devoted and specially loved wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed.”

He added that she had loved teaching and that her days at Rosedale were “some of the happiest in her teaching career”.

Colleague Nicola Johnson, who worked with Mrs Almond at Rosedale, said that in 32 years of teaching she had never come across a more naturally talented teacher than Pat. She added: “She was a joy to work with. She touched the hearts and minds of all those she taught.”