Wednesday, February 22, 2012


By Belinda 

 From BBC Mobile News; Hereford and Worcester
PM tribute to Alvechurch ski trip coach crash victims 
"The prime minister has paid tribute to the victims of a coach crash, in which a Worcestershire teacher was killed. Peter Rippington, 59, a teacher at Alvechurch School, died and more than 20 people were hurt in Sunday's crash in northern France. Pupils and parents were among those returning from a skiing trip when their coach went down a motorway embankment. David Cameron said Mr Rippington was "much respected in the local community". He added that consulate staff were working to support those still in France. The prime minister was responding to a question in the House of Commons from Conservative MP for Bromsgrove Sajid Javid. Mr Cameron said: "The thoughts and sincere condolences I'm sure of everyone in the House will be with my honourable friend's constituent and everyone who's been affected."
And good news from The Birmingham 

Coach crash
A TEENAGER woke from a coma after the school coach horror which killed a teacher – when prayers were said for her on Twitter.Suzie Warner, 13, was said to be improving in a Paris hospital after the tragedy, which claimed the life of 59-year-old Peter Rippington.The news broke after friends used the website to urge people to say prayers for her.One message said: “We all need to get #PrayForSuzie trending. Please help as she needs all our support after the trauma she has been through.”
Susan forwarded me this video clip of Frances Chan from another friend's Facebook Page. As I watched it, I was struck by its relevance to the tragedy in Alvechurch and how very uncertain life is. We can spend life planning for a few years of retirement or focusing on all sorts of empty pursuits. Peter Rippington poured his life out for children, in a way that will always be remembered by those he taught. His was not a wasted life, but he could not have predicted its brevity. His death inspires reflection and a pause to consider the importance of pursuing a life of meaning, which can only come as we live in harmony with God's purposes for our individual lives. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the short video - it puts things in perspective - and it is good to be reminded that the trials and tribulations being experience at the moment are indeed just a moment in God's big plan. How often we forget that we are eternal beings - spiritual beings temporarily housed in physical bodies. One person put it that we are being trained to reign. Awesome, eh? Appreciate you sharing.

Belinda said...

Dear Anonymous Friend, Thank you for your comment. You are right, the video clip sure does put things in perspective!