Sandie died last week following a respiratory arrest after a brain haemorrhage at the beginning of the year.
Sandie was loved by many pupils that she taught, not just because she was a good teacher, but because she so obviously cared for them.
She particularly cared for children regarded as “difficult” and would go out of her way to help and defend them
Sandie first became involved with Women’s Voice and, coming from a mining family, was active in the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984-5.
Sandie always knew which side she was on and hated racism and bigotry.
She struggled with depression and occasional manic episodes for much of her adult life. These often drained her confidence and prevented her from appreciating how talented she was and how important she was to so many people.
Whenever you turned up at her house she always made you feel welcome and made you laugh. Comrades will always remember her for her humour and passion for music. She will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with her husband Steve, and her children Clare and Tim.