A primary school in the West Midlands has raised over £3,000 by taking part in a CLIC Sargent Practice-a-thon in memory of one of its pupils.
This is the seventh year that the school has taken part in the CLIC Sargent musical fundraiser, bringing the grand total to a fantastic £12,000.
The school has been fundraising in memory of student Rahul Desai who died of cancer in 2007. Rahul had attended the school throughout his treatment and has always been described as a spirited young man.
His mum, Rina attended a special assembly on Monday to hand out certificates to all of the top fundraisers and to watch a special performance by the dance troupe.
Speaking about Rahul’s treatment, Rina said: “I’ll always remember a CLIC Sargent Social Worker offering us a lump sum of money when Rahul was first diagnosed. We didn’t want the money and told them to give it to someone who needed it. It was then, that ever so gently and with great patience, the CLIC Sargent Social Worker explained the long journey ahead of us. I will always remember that.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraiser Manager, Anna Finnegan says: “That lump sum is a care grant that CLIC Sargent offers to all newly diagnosed children and young people to help ease the financial burden that cancer can bring to families.
"Last year in the west Midlands, we gave out more than 500 grants to a value of over £102,000.
"This is why we greatly appreciate the fantastic effort from community fundraisers, such as Old Park School, to help us support as many children and young people and their families, as we can.
"The dance troupe were spectacular, especially Corey from Year 6 who did a tremendous rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”
Sam Pearce, Old Park Primary dance teacher said: “We have really loved taking part in the CLIC Sargent Practice-a-thon and we are already thinking up themes for next year.”