School staff become ‘Total Warriors’ in memory of Cliff

Blessed Warriors
Blessed Warriors

Colleagues of a well loved teacher, who devoted his life to making sure all students had the same opportunities and chances in life, have gone all out to ensure his legacy lives on.

The team from Blessed Trinity RC College in Burnley took part in the gruelling Total Warrior challenge, a 10km assault course in Leeds.

They sweated blood and tears to raise the grand total of £1,000 in memory of teacher Mr Cliff Duerden who died suddenly in 2012. An inclusion and intervention worker at the Ormerod Road school, Mr Duerden helped hundreds of youngsters, supporting and boosting their self esteem. Now the money raised at Total Warrior will go towards a memorial fund in Mr Duerden’s name that will help the most vulnerable children at the school. Calling themselves Blessed Warriors the team tackled 30 military style obstacles. Team member Eamon Robinson said it was one of the hardest but most exhilarating things he has ever taken part in. He said: “We pulled each other through with teamwork which symbolises what our school is all about.’’

There to support to the team on the day were Mr Duerden’s widow, Marlene and his three daughters Lorraine, Kathryn and Rachel. Headteacher Mr Richard Varey said he hoped the memorial fund would reflect Mr Duerden’s dedication to young people.

If anyone would like to donate to the fund please text Btrc01 followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70070 in amounts of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.