Thousands of pounds donated in memory of tragic Leeds teacher

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Money is pouring into a fund set up in memory of murdered Leeds teacher Ann Maguire.

The Ann Maguire Educational Fund was launched by the married mother-of-two’s family after she was killed at Halton Moor’s Corpus Christi Catholic College at the end of last month.

It will provide bursaries and support for the “enhancement and personal development” of young people through music, drama, language and dance.

Nearly £1,000 had already been given to the fund by the time Mrs Maguire’s funeral was held on May 16.

And today it emerged that the total raised has now passed the £10,000 mark, thanks to more than 200 individual donations.

In a statement, the Maguire family said: “We would like to thank everybody for their kindness during these recent difficult weeks.

“We are very grateful and appreciate the many expressions of sympathy and condolence we have received and the support for the Ann Maguire Educational Fund.”

Donations to the fund – which is being co-ordinated by the Leeds Community Foundation charity – can be made via the 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.

The Leeds Community Foundation has said it is proud to be supporting the Maguire family with the launch of the fund.

Mrs Maguire, of Moortown, was fatally stabbed as she taught a Spanish lesson at Corpus Christi on April 28.

The 61-year-old’s death prompted a huge outpouring of grief across the city.

She had taught at Corpus Christi for more than 40 years and was due to retire in September.

Her funeral at Moortown’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church was attended by hundreds of mourners.

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with Mrs Maguire’s murder and is due to go on trial later this year.

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