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Tributes to ‘irreplaceable’ Sittingbourne headteacher after tragic death from cancer

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Original article from Kent Live

Tributes have poured in for an "irreplaceable" headteacher who has died from cancer.

Katherine Baker, who was headteacher of Milstead & Frinsted C of E Primary School in Sittingbourne, died on August 11.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in her memory and has already raised more than the initial goal of £1,200.

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Mrs Baker has been described as "inspirational" and "will never be forgotten".

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Funds raised will go towards installing a memorial bench in the school grounds, as well as creating an award shield in her memory for future ceremonies.

The school would also like to plant a 'Katherine' rose, with any surplus funds going towards a charity of the family's choice.

The page which has been set up by Gemma Sullivan, displays a written tribute to the headteacher which reads: "As many are aware the Milstead family sadly lost our wonderful Mrs Baker on August 11 after an extremely brave and courageous battle with cancer.

"Mrs Baker was not only the best Headteacher a school or child could ask for she was kind-hearted, generous and a true inspiration.

"Mrs Baker will be irreplaceable and never forgotten.

"This fundraiser is to show just how much Mrs Baker meant to so many of us and how well thought of she was.

"We would like to be able to raise enough to place a memorial bench within the school grounds, plant a beautiful ‘Katherine’ rose and present Milstead & Frinsted school with a Mrs Baker award shield for future award ceremonies.

"Any surplus fundraising would be donated to a charity of the family’s choice."

The campaign has received dozens of donations, with many heartfelt messages paying their respects to Mrs Baker.

Heidi Vandepeer wrote: "Katherine was inspirational, brave and so strong throughout her battle.

"She never gave up and lived life to the full until the bitter end.

"She will be so dearly missed by so many."

Daryl McMullon also paid his respects by noting how helpful the headteacher was for his girl with additional needs.

He said: "We didn’t know Mrs Baker very long, we only met her a couple of times but when we did meet her, she was so nice and so accommodating and helpful for our little girl with additional needs."

Another tribute was published on behalf of a girl who was a pupil under Mrs Baker's time as headteacher.

The comment said: "Mrs Baker was the best headteacher she has ever had and has helped make her the person she is now."

You can visit the GoFundMe page by pressing here.

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