Students at a Kidderminster school who have been fundraising in support of a fellow pupil recently diagnosed with leukaemia have raised an amazing £2544.96 which will be split between her three chosen children’s charities.
Eight-year-old Hunnie, a Year 3 pupil at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre, was diagnosed with leukaemia, which is cancer of the blood, in December, and since January Holy Trinity School staff, students and parents, together with Little Trinity Nursery staff, children and parents who raised £500 - have been holding a range of fundraising events in support of Hunnie and children with leukaemia.
Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright commented: “Supporting Hunnie and her family is close to our hearts with pupils, staff, parents and the Little Trinity Nursery community rallying together to offer help, friendship and support. I am delighted on behalf of the whole school to present three cheques each for £850 to Hunnie’s chosen charities. Despite her absence, Hunnie is still very much part of the Holy Trinity family and I know that there is tremendous support for the family through this difficult time.”
The School held a special school assembly on Monday 23rd April attended by representatives from the Day Clinic (Oncology) at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, The Little Princess Trust and Hunnie’s parents on behalf of Birmingham Children's Hospital - Ward 15 to officially receive a cheque donation.
Dawn Forbes, Children and Young People Oncology Nurse Specialist, from the Paediatric Oncology Shared Care Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital stated: “It has been a pleasure to look after Hunnie and get to know her family. Hunnie has demonstrated tremendous strength so far throughout her journey and always with such a lovely smile! The amount of money that has been raised is a testament to what a special young girl she is. We will use this money wisely to benefit our patients further and are appreciative of all the efforts that the school has gone to raising this money.”
Liz Cox, Hair and Wig Specialist from The Little Princess Trust added: “We are very grateful to receive such a kind and generous donation from the school. The huge amount of £850 will go towards the purchase of two real hair wigs for sick children. This will help make them feel so much better at such a very difficult time in their lives. Thank you to everyone for this wonderful support.”
From organising a ‘Wear Something Orange’ day to selling cakes and orange baseball caps and ribbons, to school and parent business fundraising events and discos, and even the generous donation of a laptop, Hunnie’s family has been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received.
Hunnie’s parents, Paul and Lucy said: “We would like to say Holy Trinity School, pupils, teachers and parents have been a fantastic support to Hunnie and our whole family and they stay in regular contact and visit Hunnie too.
“Both hospitals Hunnie attends are so supportive and always make Hunnie feel relaxed when she is going through these harsh treatments, we have grown close to such individuals as Dawn Forbes and Liz Cox as we spend a lot of time with them on good and bad days. We are very proud to give the money to such amazing charities and hospitals as the work and care they show for Hunnie and all the children with cancer is so much appreciated and this is one way we can show it.”