A fundraiser in memory an inspirational Pudsey teacher who died last month has so far raised more than £2,200.
Phil Asquith taught PE at Crawshaw Academy in Pudsey for 24 years and was one of the leading lights behind the school’s Three Peaks Walk, which raised money to support teenagers living with cancer. The walk was held in memory of student Lauren Kisby.
An ‘Everyday Hero’ crowdfunding page to raise money for Candelighters in Mr Asquith’s memory has so far raised £2,232.
Tributes continue to come in for the inspirational teacher on the crowdfunding page.
Andy Kirk said:
“What a man! You will always be a legend in my heart, Phil. You had such a positive influence on me growing up through high school.You had a massive heart for people! You certainly passed on too soon and you had so much more to give.”
Former pupil Rebecca Cheshire said:
“What an amazing man. I was never interested in sport until I met Mr Asquith. He made PE fun ,if not a little bit scary haha! He was the reason most people knew me as “Ingham’s little sister” and encouraged me to make a big name for myself like my brother. You will be missed. Thanks for everything sir.”
Corinne Federer added:
“Our thoughts go out to the entire Asquith family and hope that through these small contributions we find strength and ultimately a cure.”
Mr Asquith’s wife, Corinne, added:
“Phil. The love of my life. Amazing Dad, Teacher, Coach and Mentor. You’ve passed all your fantastic positive traits onto our wonderful boys Joe and Sam. We will miss you beyond belief. The biggest heart we’ll ever know and forever in ours. Rest in peace. Xxx”
A school spokesman said: “Phil taught PE at Crawshaw for an incredible 24 years. He made a massive contribution to the school and to many students’ lives. He will be missed terribly.”
Crawshaw Academy is hoping to hold a memorial service for Mr Asquith next term.
Donations can be made here.