Secondary school students in Harleston channelled their energies behind a major charity fundraiser this week, in support of an “inspirational” pupil who has fought a long battle with illness.
Archbishop Sancroft High School held the Bandanas for Brain Tumours event on Wednesday for the benefit of The Brain Tumour Charity, inspired by local 15-year-old student Liam Brown, who has undergone long-term medical treatment since being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of three.
Organised by the school’s ‘A’ Team, a student-run welfare group that Liam is a part of, as part of their ‘Pay It Forward’ project, the non-uniform event had already raised more than £600 by lunchtime, with form groups carrying out various activities throughout the day, while live music took place in the outdoor quad.
Lucy Rogerson, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) at Archbishop Sancroft, told the Diss Express: “Liam is perhaps the most incredible young man I have ever met.
“He has had a lot of challenges, but he is in school with a smile, he never complains and he always wants to help.
“Liam is an inspiration and he has wanted to give something back.
“You can see with all the bandanas out that the kids are really behind him. They have so much respect for him,” she added.
Staff and students alike also took part in cake and bandana sales during breaks, with one Year 10 class alone bringing in more than £100 to go towards the cause.
The ASHS ‘A’ Team, which describes itself as aiming to ‘create an inclusive, safe and supportive environment in which students can thrive’, wrote on Twitter: “Overwhelmed by the AMAZING support students at ASHS give to such an inspirational young man. #BandanasforBrainTumours #ProudToBeASHS”
For more information about the work of The Brain Tumour Charity and to find out about donating, visit the foundation’s website at www.thebraintumourcharity.org/ or follow @BrainTumourOrg on Twitter.