Pupils and staff at The Deepings School have paid loving tribute to a talented sixth former who died suddenly while exercising.
Lucy Jessop, 18, from Northborough, was out with a friend when she collapsed after suffering a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, February 25.
Paramedics treated Lucy at the scene before she was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital where she sadly died five days later.
Pupils at The Deepings School wrote tributes to Lucy, who was due to take A-level exams in biology, chemistry and maths this summer, on steel work for the school’s new £4m science building.
One of the tributes from Joe Bates read: “In loving memory of (one of) the cleverest, funniest, busiest and most outgoing people I know, miss you Luce.”
Another tribute from fellow chemistry student Hunaida Bhabha read: “You will forever remain in our hearts - always love you and never forgotten”, while Olivia Brown wrote: “In loving memory of one of the most kind and lovely friends I’ve had the pleasure to know - we will never forget you.”
A celebration of life ceremony for Lucy was held at Crowland Abbey on Thursday last week, where a number of tributes were read by friends. Chris Beckett, who retired as headteacher of The Deepings School last July, also spoke.
Afterwards Mr Beckett said: “I was asked by Lucy’s parents to prepare and present a tribute to her during the service. I knew Lucy very well and it was a genuine honour to do so on what was a very sad occasion.”
A charity football match between sixth-formers and staff was held at the school on Friday last week to raise money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Sixth formers and staff also organised an Easter Egg Hunt to raise money, which was held the day before the funeral.
Richard Trow, the school’s current headteacher, said: “We thank everyone for the generous donations already made to the fundraiser Sophie Stone has set up in Lucy’s memory.
“Donations can also be made to The East Anglian Air Ambulance which attended at the scene and to the Papworth Charitable Trust which is also involved with finding out why this terrible event has happened.”