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Norwich teacher to take on 40 challenges to mark 40 years at city school

09:00 26 March 2016

mary Beatty celebrates 40 years at Lodge Lane Infant School by giving herself many 40 based challenges including wearing 40 hats, 40 pancake tosses, skipping 400 times and knitting a 4 meter scarf and standing on one leg for four minutes.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYr

mary Beatty celebrates 40 years at Lodge Lane Infant School by giving herself many 40 based challenges including wearing 40 hats, 40 pancake tosses, skipping 400 times and knitting a 4 meter scarf and standing on one leg for four minutes. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYr

ARCHANT NORFOLK

A teacher is to commandeer a battle tank as part of a fundraising challenge to celebrate 40 years at a city infant school.

Mary’s other challenges

Mary Beatty’s 40 fund challenge has seen her undertake a variety of quests both at school and in her spare time.

They include:

Tossing a pancake 40 times.

Standing on one leg for four minutes in front of the whole school.

Carried out nine four-mile dog walks with her Border Collie Ben, with five more planned.

Knitted a four-metre long scarf.

Skipped 400 times.

Mrs Beatty also has three secret challenges that will be decided on by her family and colleagues.

She is now more than halfway through her challenge and hopes to complete it by the end of April.

Mary Beatty has set herself 40 different quests to complete in just four months to mark the milestone and to raise money for charity.

They involve everything from running 40 laps around Lodge 
Lane Infant School in Old Catton, where she has taught since 
1976, to playing the organ for four hours.

But next month she will be taking on one of her most exciting challenges yet when she gets behind the wheel of a seven-tonne tank.

Mrs Beatty, of Horsford, said: “My husband has two military vehicles and one of them is a very large tank with tracks. When I was putting all these things together I thought I needed something that is a bit different.

“It will be brought out and I 
will get in it with my husband 
[Mike] who will explain what to do. I think it’s going to be absolutely brilliant.”

The Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked (CVRT) Saber tank is stored at the 
Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett St Peter.

She plans to drive it for the first time under her husband’s guidance for four minutes around the museum’s off-road course.

The reception teacher, who started her 40 challenge in January, has until the end of April to complete it.

Other events still to come include a four-mile canoe trip down the River Bure in Buxton and swimming 40 of lengths of an Olympic pool in Stratford.

She hopes to finish the challenge by gathering all of the children at her primary school to spell out the number 40 on the field.

The overall aim is to raise at least £1,000, which will be split between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the school.

Mrs Beatty added: “The school has raised money for EACH in the past and I’d heard of the great work they do at their Quidenham hospice. I wanted to raise funds for a children’s charity as well as the school so I could support the local community with my challenges.”

Head teacher Andy Tovell said: “This year Mary has been part of the teaching team at Lodge Lane for an incredible 40 years.

“She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the school and is very popular with children and parents, many of whom she has taught herself.”

Mrs Beatty joined the school aged of 21 and has taught thousands of pupils since the mid 70s.

To donate towards her challenge visit: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mary-beatty-3

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