Balloon tribute to tragic teacher who died in car crash

Balloon release tribute for Runshaw tutor Agnes Parkinson
Balloon release tribute for Runshaw tutor Agnes Parkinson
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Runshaw College has paid a moving tribute to a beloved teacher who died in a car crash.

Agnes Parkinson’s travel and tourism students released 350 colourful balloons in her memory last Tuesday, raising money for a charity which was “close to her heart.”

Agnes Parkinson and Stephen Rigbye who sadly died in a collision

Agnes Parkinson and Stephen Rigbye who sadly died in a collision

Mum-of-three Agnes, 40, and her partner Stephen Rigbye, 38, were both fatally injured when their car careered out of control near Mawdesley and crashed into a wall on March 30.

She had worked as a part-time teacher in the School of Tourism and Hospitality at the Leyland campus since 2011.

College spokesman Tim Cahill said: “To commemorate the sad loss of Agnes Parkinson, we held a special balloon release for the Lupus UK charity last Tuesday outside the college’s on-site Foxholes restaurant.

“It was very sad but a lovely tribute. It was a really moving event. The release was the idea of her Year 2 travel and tourism students. We raised £300 for the charity - Agnes’s late brother had lupus and her sister has it now, so the charity was close to her heart.”

Tributes from students say it was a privilege to be taught by Agnes who was not only an excellent teacher but a very kind-hearted person.

Tim Cahill

Shortly after her death, Runshaw College paid tribute to the “wonderfully warm and caring person who met every challenge with a huge smile.”

A college statement said: “Her energy and positivity was infectious and she was a well-respected, dedicated teacher who made a huge impact of the lives of the young people she taught.

“Tributes from students say it was a privilege to be taught by Agnes who was not only an excellent teacher but a very kind-hearted person.”