WIRRAL school children dressed up as pandas to honour the memory of their favourite teacher Suzanne Hilton.
Suzanne's favourite animal was the panda, so when she died after a brave battle with cancer they decided to have a sponsored panda day to raise money in her memory.
The 850 pupils at St George’s Primary School in Wallasey all contributed by dressing up in panda costumes, painting their faces and taking cuddly panda toys into class.
Today fellow teacher and friend Kate Devlin said their efforts raised almost £1,000 for St John’s Hospice where Suzanne, 48, spent the last few weeks of her life.
And they are also waiting for more money coming in after 17 teachers and other members of staff took part in Wirral’s Race for Life on Sunday.
‘Suzanne’s Pandas’ took part in the Cancer Research UK event at Birkenhead Park and have already collected £520 in online donations.
Ms Devlin said: “We’ve had a great fundraising week at St George’s Primary School.
“We hope that we can do both events every year as a tribute to Mrs Hilton who is sorely missed.”
Ms Devlin said that Mrs Hilton had always loved pandas and it was her life-long ambition to see them in real life.
In January she fulfilled her dream by seeing the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.
The school presented a cheque to St John's Hospice for £939.12 .
A representative from the hospice went into school to speak to the children and to thank them personally.
The school said that the panda day was a wonderful way for the children to remember Mrs Hilton in a fun but poignant way.