Newbattle Community High School’s tribute to brave pupil Peter Ashton

Peter Ashton's sister Gemma, who is S1, takes part in the assault course with Peter's friends Mark Edwards and Craig Heinemeier
Peter Ashton's sister Gemma, who is S1, takes part in the assault course with Peter's friends Mark Edwards and Craig Heinemeier

Pupils and staff at Newbattle Community High School came together for a day of fund-raising to remember pupil Peter Ashton.

Peter passed away in the school summer holidays, aged 14, after losing his long brave fight against leukaemia.

The school held a day of events including a 10k walk and 10 mile cycle. Headteacher, Colin Taylor, said:“Today has been a fitting tribute to Peter who inspired us with his bravery, courage and determination in his fight against leukaemia.

“Through today’s fundraising efforts, researchers will continue to seek a cure for cancer.

“Peter’s memory will live on with the commitment to dedicate our House Sporting Trophies in his name.

“I’m very proud of the contributions and effort the pupils, staff, local businesses and the community have made in what has been a heart warmingly successful day.”

The day had a health theme with key messages promoted during the events. There was also a wide range of fundraising initiatives with pupils and staff running stalls which included home baking, bagatelle, a smoothie bar and much more. The schools citizenship group added to the sum raised by providing lunch for the hungry walkers and cyclists.

During the afternoon pupils participated in a wide range of house sporting events with Lammermuir, Pentland and Moorfoot House competing for trophies donated in memory of Peter. The tournaments were basketball, hockey, rugby and football.

Peter’s mum, dad and gran attended the day, along with sister Gemma, a pupil at the school since August.