Pupils are taking part in a non uniform day for the annual BBC fundraiser – but Whingate headteacher Stuart Myers has taken the decision to support two of Whingate’s families.
The first is Wortley cancer sufferer Helen Thompson, who is raising money for the Bexley Wing of St James’ Hospital where she is having her treatment and for a trust fund for her two children.
“Many of you will be aware already that a parent, Helen Thompson, is currently heroically fighting a serious illness. Helen has two daughters, Lucy who attended Whingate, and Hannah, who is year five.”
The second family have so far declined publicity.
Helen’s friends and family are also hosting a fundraising event at The Brick pub, Tong Road on Saturday, 14th November.
Helen’s friend, Jo Gittins, told The Dispatch that the school had made ‘a very kind gesture’ which was appreciated by friends and family. She also provided an update on her friend’s health:
“Helen has started losing her hair. She kept her spirits high and decided to take control and ‘brave the shave’.
“This was done at home, in an emotional setting with the while family present in support. In the spirit of solidarity, each member of the family took turns with the shave. Truly all in it together.”
Local residents are invited to attend The Brick’s fundraiser. If you have any prizes suitable to be raffled or sold contact Jo via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.