School pals raise charity cash in memory of friend

NRHNBE120324b1, Charity zumbathon by fundraising group HG91 at Aldercar college school gym. Claire Emma Harris and Angela Boxall
NRHNBE120324b1, Charity zumbathon by fundraising group HG91 at Aldercar college school gym. Claire Emma Harris and Angela Boxall

A GROUP of old school friends from Heanor Gate school got together for a charity Zumbathon in memory of a classmate who died.

Phil Burrows was taken ill after he wed his American sweetheart Mandy Hansen in July last year and died three months after the wedding, aged just 36.

NRHNBE120324b2, Charity zumbathon by fundraising group HG91 at Aldercar college school gym.

NRHNBE120324b2, Charity zumbathon by fundraising group HG91 at Aldercar college school gym.

It came only ten days after his father Colin lost his fight against cancer.

The old school pals are called HG91, because they are the class of Heanor Gate from 1991. The group is raising money for leukaemia research with a variety of activities.

Former school mate Claire Emma Harris said: “Phil was in our school year, many of us haven’t seen him since leaving school.

“It was such a shock when I read his tragic story, I really wanted to do something.” The Zumbathon at Aldercar College was led by Teresa Reynolds-Woods and raised xx.

Claire has also organised a charity skydive in memory of Phil, who enjoyed high-risk sports such as sky diving and bull-running.

She said: “I floated the idea of a charity tandem skydive on Facebook and, before I knew it, loads of other classmates in Phil’s year at school decided to join me.”

Phil, of Smalley, died after an abscess to his bowel led to him suffering an inflamed colon. He also had leukaemia.

Thirteen people will now take part in the skydive in April – including Phil’s wife Mandy, who described her husband as “incredibly loyal” and someone who “always made me laugh”.

HG91 meet every fortnight to discuss how they can raise money for the charity. And since forming the group has raised close to £4,000 with various fundraising events.

A bag pack at Tesco, Heanor, raised £1,418, while a sponsored walk raised £750.

Donations to the Just Giving site have already reached £825.

On Sunday, March 18, HG91 put together a charity football team to take on a group of Heanor Town veterans to raise a further £665.

And tomorrow, Friday, March 30, there will be a charity fashion show at Morley Hayes Golf Club, Morley.

The event has attracted brands regularly published in glossy magazines, including four glamorous lingerie as well as from Heanor based accessories shop, Girl Thing, based at Market Street.

To donate to HG91’s charity skydive, head to the Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/HG91skydive.