Charity event poignant for headteacher

Charity / Sun 20th Dec 2020 at 09:10am

A SCHOOL community is helping to raise awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in support of their headteacher’s daughter.

Pupils at Roydon Primary Academy, in Harlow, took part in Wear a Hat Day to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.

The school challenged pupils to design their own festive hat to wear on the day.

The event was particularly poignant for head of school Anna Myatt whose daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour at Christmas 2018.

She said: “Elizabeth was diagnosed when she was seven with a pilocytic astrocytoma. She was diagnosed at Princess Alexandra Hospital on Boxing Day and we were blue lighted to Great Ormond Street Hospital where she had emergency surgery and the tumour was removed. It all happened so quickly, we didn’t really have time to process it all.

“She has since made a full recovery, but I want to raise awareness of the disease and of the symptoms, so other children can be diagnosed sooner. Elizabeth presented with headaches and nausea and was initially diagnosed with migraines. She was an absolute superstar and return to school within weeks.”

The school raised £260 for the charity.

Mrs Myatt said: “I cannot thank the school community enough for the money they have raised and the heartfelt messages we have received. I have been overwhelmed with the generous donations from our families.”
Donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamroydon

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