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Pupils' tribute to a beloved head; DRUIDS HEATH Youngsters raise cash in memory of cancer victim.

Byline: By Patrice John

PUPILS at secondary school are honouring the memory of a beloved former head teacher this Christmas. Roger Perks, who was head of Baverstock School, died of stomach cancer on Christmas Day last year. He was 65.

Youngsters at the Bells Lane school, in Druids Heath, have already raised pounds 4,000 in his honour.

And they plan to raise even more cash at a school Christmas concert.

Organiser Fiona Petrucke, who was a teacher at Baverstock while Mr Perks was head, said: "He had a wonderful personality and he was in favour of the pupils. He was well respected and he knew the pupils well.

"He cared about the area and if anything happened on Druids Heath estate he would go and sort it out. "He was well loved."

Staff at the school organised two fundraising concerts last month where former pupils performed. Ex-pupils from as far as Tenerife, Guernsey and London travelled to the Druids Heath school to perform for free.

Money raised from all concerts will go towards a permanent memorial in Mr Perks' name at the Acorns Children's Hospice and a trust fund to provide an annual educational grant to deserving causes.

Mr Perks was head of the school for nineteen years. Current head teacher, David Green, has pledged his full support for the concerts.

The Christmas concert is on Monday December 19, at 7.15pm.

Tickets are pounds 4 for adults and pounds 3 for children and OAPs. Call 0121 430 7924 for more information

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