School raises money for Great Ormond Street after tragic death of Sam Cheetham (From Bournemouth Echo)
When news happens text pix and video to 80360. Start your message with BE then leave a space.
School raises money for Great Ormond Street after tragic death of Sam Cheetham
MORE than £1,000 has been raised by the schoolmates of a motorsport-mad teen who died last month.
Students at Ferndown Upper School held a non-uniform day in recognition of Sam Cheetham, 15, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, where he was looked after before he died.
The teen had idiopathic pulmonary arterial hyper-tension, meaning his heart struggled to pump blood through his lungs, leaving him at a greater risk of heart failure.
His parents, Karen and Tim Cheetham, thanked the students for the cheque for £1,089.62, in memory of their son, who dreamed of being a Formula 1 engineer.
Sam’s dad, Tim, said: “We are determined to continue his legacy of fundraising, and his school has helped, as Sam flew the flag for Great Ormond Street Hospital.”
In less than a month, Tim says, the collection in Sam’s memory has raised more than £4,000 for the hospital, who have also created a dedicated Sam Cheetham Memorial Fund.
Karen said: “I also take my hat off to the staff at the school because they never told him that he couldn’t do something, and instead enabled him to do all the things he wanted to do, like, for example, the trampoline club.”
Karen added: “He crammed such a lot into his life.”
Alex Wills, headteacher of Ferndown Upper School, said that amongst other events held in memory of Sam, the school would be creating a trophy in his honour, which would go to a student who had also achieved in the face of adversity. For more information, go to Gosh.org
Comments are closed on this article.