Pupils at Cordeaux Academy donned their brightest, silliest and wackiest hats last Tuesday in memory of former pupil Matty Dawson.
The school held their third annual “Matty’s Hat Day” in tribute to Matty, who sadly died in August 2011 at the age of 20 followin a four year battle with cancer.
Matty was just 16 years old when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of tissue cancer that affects an average of just 60 children in the UK every year.
Cordeaux Academy raised almost £375 from the fundraiser, with the money going to the CLIC Sargent children’s charity.
CLIC Sargent was formed in 2005, and provides clinical, emotional and financial support to young people who are affected by cancer.
Matty’s mother, Dorothy, his father, Steven, and his brother Charlie all attended the fundraiser. They joined in with the spirit of the day by wearing silly hats too, alongside Cordeaux headteacher Peter Kubicki.
Mr Kubicki said: “We hold this fundraiser every year in memory of Matty, who fought a long, brave battle.
“We want to remember him and raise money for CLIC Sargent, which is a poignant charity for us.
“The significance with the hats is that Matty wore a hat during his treatment. It became his trademark.
“We had a whole school assembly on Tuesday where Matty’s mum came in and talked about his journey and his treatment. It was very moving and beautifully put together, and a lot of students were choked up by the nature of what she said.
“It is sad, but important to talk about it as most families will be affected by cancer in some way.”
Cordeaux will hold a Christmas Fair later this month to raise further funds.