Sunderland school remembers staff and pupils who lost their lives to cancer

A Sunderland school has paid tribute to staff and students who lost their lives to cancer.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 10:18 am
St Aidan's Catholic Acadmey head boy Nayan Nair and house captain Ben Marston handing over the cheque of £1,060 to Julie Henderson and Dorian Smith the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

St Aidan's Catholic Academy, in Willowbank Road, raised £1,060 to support cancer patients at Sunderland Royal Hospital through an event in honour of lost loved ones.

The school, which raises money for charity each year, held a fundraising day based on the theme of movies, earlier in the summer.

It saw students pay tribute to those who have sadly died by creating a ‘walk of fame,’ where names of loved ones were written on stars and placed alongside candles.

St Aidan's Catholic Academy students during a balloon release in 2018 to honour student Kyle Alcock and teacher Sylvia Addison, who both lost their cancer fight.

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Staff, students and friends, also came together to enjoy an evening of entertainment called ‘big night in at the movies.’

Those gathered watched a video made in memory staff and students who tragically lost their battle with cancer.

Kyle was 14 when he was first diagnosed with a tumour after experiencing headaches, but he didn’t let it get him down.

The courageous teenager even achieved a B in English language in a GCSE exam he sat that year in the midst of treatment, a battling spirit which earned him a Young Achiever’s Award for Personal Achievement.

The school suffered yet more tragedy just weeks after Kyle’s passing, when support assistant Sylvia Addison, 48, a mum-of-two from Hollycarrside, died from lung cancer.

Gemma Hogg, assistant headteacher, said: “The event had a lovely atmosphere and was for such a good cause.

“Over six years of fundraising the event has now raised nearly £14,000 – a staggering amount.”

Head boy Nayan Nair and house captain Ben Marston have now handed over the cheque of £1,060 to Julie Henderson and Dorian Smith from the Macmillan Cancer Support Centre at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The school is now looking forward to holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday, September 27.