Friday hero

14th September 2001 at 01:00
Gill Tutt has worked as a teacher for Sheffield city council for 26 years in its hospital and home education service

She retired last term and will be a hard act to follow, particularly at the Northern General hospital where she was a favourite with children in the new spinal unit and in the burns unit.

Avril Bramhall, who heads the service, wrote nominating Gill for our flowers, champagne and chocolates, saying Gill often worked in difficult circumstances but was brilliant at maintaining children's motivation to learn.

Gill's send-off was an emotional affair, with patients showing their appreciation by preparing the food and giving her gifts they had made in occupational therapy sessions.

She will be much missed but everyone wishes her happiness in retirement. Ms Bramhall says teachers like Gill "do such a valuable job in bringing normality to the lives of young people who may be sick or injured".

Please send the name of your Friday Hero to Sarah Bayliss, Friday magazine, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1W 1BX, or email kindly supplied by Marks amp; Spencer

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