A fond farewell after nearly four decades

Children have said a fond farewell to a volunteer who has supported their school for more than three decades.

Long standing volunteer Sharon Bell has worked for more than 35 years at Beacon Hill School.

And last week, youngsters at the special school in Wallsend held a special celebratory event to say goodbye and thank her for her work.

Sharon, who has Downs Syndrome, works in class with the primary children and senior staff say she was a great support to the classes.

Her work in the school was recognised in 2005 when she was awarded the North Tyneside Volunteer of the Year award.

Pupils presented Sharon with presents ahead of the Primary Nativity Play as a thank you from themselves, teachers and parents, while Sharon’s family also attended.

Beacon Hill headteacher Helen Jones said: “We will miss Sharon who has been very reliable and a great help to all the staff she has worked with.

“As a volunteer she is already past the age many people retire at and so it’s time for her to leave us and do other things.

“Beacon Hill won’t be the same without her.”