21st Jan, 2019

Superheroes gather at a Shirley Primary School in aid of cancer charities

Sarah Mason 30th Oct, 2018 Updated: 30th Oct, 2018

SUPERHEROES gathered at Mill Lodge Primary School in a bid to raise funds for cancer charities.

Pupils and staff at the Aqueduct Road School in Shirley donned capes and masks in aid of Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The superhero day was the idea of 10-year-old Liam Littlehales who after hearing his teaching assistant, Kay Chandler, had been diagnosed with cancer wanted to do something in her honour.

The year six pupil from Shirley, had been supported by Kay before her diagnosis, and with permission from the school got everyone to dress up and even baked biscuits and cakes to sell on the day.

Proud mum Tracey said: “Liam chose superheroes because he mentioned to me that the people from Macmillan and Marie Curie must be superheroes because they look after people with cancer and they help families and friends.

“He thought that if everyone tried to be a superhero for the day and provide money to these charities then it would be an excellent way to be involved in helping Kay, and others who need the support.”

Initially Liam set out to raise £800 which would be split evenly between the two charities, so far he has raised £766.

Tracey added: “Liam was so happy that everyone got involved in the fancy dress at school. He cares very much about Kay and was proud that other people were putting so much effort into helping him raise this money.

“Liam’s brother had cancer at a young age as well but fully recovered so cancer is something that Liam recognises that can happen to anyone.”

A spokesperson from the school said: “Liam raised the money by organising a non-uniform day in school, where all the children and staff were invited to dress up as superheroes’ for a donation to the charities.

“Liam also organised and ran a cake sale with the help of his mum, many of the cakes and biscuits he had made himself at home.

“Liam was inspired to do this after hearing the news that one of the staff members at school, Kay, was being cared for in the Marie Curie hospice after her diagnosis of cancer.

“Kay attended the event and helped sells cakes to support Liam.”

For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/Liamscancersupport

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