Two teachers have shown they are class acts by delivering some tuneful support for the Ann Maguire Educational Fund.
Part of the proceeds from sales of a World Cup single penned by Robin Parmiter and Ian Wilson will be donated to the fund, it was announced today.
The fund was launched by Ann Maguire’s family after she was killed at Halton Moor’s Corpus Christi Catholic College at the end of April.
It will provide bursaries and support for the “enhancement and personal development” of young people through music, drama, language and dance.
Other cash generated by Robin and Ian’s Bring It Home single will be donated to the Bobby Moore Fund, set up in memory of the late England captain whose name it bears.
Robin, who works with Ian at York’s Huntington School, said: “We are raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund to pay tribute to the World Cup legend and raise money for bowel cancer research, and the Ann Maguire Educational Fund to honour [Mrs Maguire’s] memory.”
Robin and Ian recorded their song at the end of May under the name Disco Mister and its accompanying video quickly proved a hit on YouTube.
Celebrities including Clare Balding, Miranda Hart and Jack Whitehall also spread the word about the track via Twitter.
The groundswell of publicity brought the song to the attention of Band Crusade, a project that helps artists get material released without the need for backing from a major label.
And yesterday Band Crusade’s efforts paid dividend as the single went on sale through iTunes, Amazon and other online shops.
Band Crusade’s Wes Metcalfe said: “Despite being massive underdogs, Disco Mister can make it into the UK charts with your help.”
l Donations to the Ann Maguire Educational Fund can be made via the www.justgiving.com/ann-maguire web page.
Cheques made payable to Leeds Community Foundation (Ann Maguire) can be posted to The Ann Maguire Educational Fund, Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.
Long-serving teacher Mrs Maguire, from Moortown, was stabbed during a lesson at Corpus Christi on April 28.