Family pay tribute to ‘perfect’ schoolboy, 14, after he collapsed and died in class


Family pay tribute to ‘perfect’ schoolboy, 14, who collapsed and died in class 30 minutes after telling grandmother ‘I love you’

  • Ted Sanderson collapsed while at school in County Durham on Tuesday
  • The aspiring teacher had planned to go to university to study history or RE
  • Friends and family have described him as a ‘perfect, gorgeous boy’ 

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who suddenly collapsed and died in class after telling his nan ‘I love you’.

‘Perfect’ Ted Sanderson, 14, was rushed to James Cook University Hospital after a medical episode at Woodham Academy in County Durham on Tuesday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but were unable to save the teenager’s life and he passed away while still at school.

Family and friends have been paying tribute to the aspiring teacher, who was passionate about music and fishing.

Lynn Wilson, his grandmother, said: ‘He was a gorgeous boy. He knew everything.

‘He was so much fun and he had so much character. He was perfect.

Tragic Ted Sanderson, 14, died after collapsing at school in County Durham on Tuesday. His family have described him as a 'perfect' boy who was 'so much fun'

Tragic Ted Sanderson, 14, died after collapsing at school in County Durham on Tuesday. His family have described him as a ‘perfect’ boy who was ‘so much fun’

The schoolboy's cause of death is not yet known, with his family saying that he was 'proud to be a geek'

The schoolboy’s cause of death is not yet known, with his family saying that he was ‘proud to be a geek’

‘He loved everything about life. I can’t think how we are going to live without him. We are going to have to get through this together.’

Describing the last time she saw him on Tuesday, she said: ‘He went down the drive. Before he went out I said “I love you, have a good day” and he said “I love you nan”.

‘He was scrunching up his hair the way he always did to make it as big as he could. 

‘Half an hour later we got a call from the school to say he had collapsed. We didn’t know what had happened but then there was no coming back.’

The cause of his death is not yet known.

Ted, who lived with his grandparents Lynn and Keith and his dad Eddie, was described as ‘loving life’ and wanted to become a teacher in either history or RE.

Mrs Wilson added: ‘He just loved life. He did so much. He loved his country sports and his airsoft and nerf ward. 

‘He was very full of life. He was proud to be a geek.’

A remembrance service was held at Woodham Academy yesterday, with the headmaster describing Ted as a ‘wonderful young man.’

Headteacher Andrew Bell added: ‘He was outgoing, friendly, thought provoking, articulate and to some degree, quirky.

‘Staff have taken great pride in describing their relationship with Ted, highlighting his enthusiasm for life, his willingness to give opinions, but also listen to the opinions of others.

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Ted, and raised more than £4,000 in the first few hours. The money is expected to go on a memorial bench at his school and the rest donated to the children's unit at James Cook University Hospital

A GoFundMe page has been set up in memory of Ted, and raised more than £4,000 in the first few hours. The money is expected to go on a memorial bench at his school and the rest donated to the children’s unit at James Cook University Hospital

A remembrance service was held at Woodham Academy yesterday, with the headmaster describing Ted as a 'wonderful young man'

A remembrance service was held at Woodham Academy yesterday, with the headmaster describing Ted as a ‘wonderful young man’

‘Ted took a really active role in school life, with interests including music, art, English and Religious Studies.

‘Ted shared a love of rock music with Dr Lycourinos, and they had many exchanges regarding their passion for the genre.

‘Similarly, Miss Thomas was so proud of how Ted could inspire an entire class to listen to his extensive knowledge of niche topics such as the C.I.A., the troubles in Northern Ireland and gun law. He truly was a remarkable young man.’

Pupils are being provided support if they have been affected by his death, and the school have set out an area for floral tributes to the teen.

More than £4,000 has been raised in his memory after a Go Fund Me page was set up, with plans to install a bench in his memory at the school.

The additional money raised sent to the children’s unit at James Cook University Hospital.

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