Cordeaux Academy handed over a £579 cheque to a bowel cancer charity this week, after raising funds in support of a teacher who is fighting the disease.
Pupils held a fundraising ‘Christmas jumper day’ in December last year, in support of their Head of Maths and Information Technology, Mr Scott Eastwood.
Scott joined Cordeaux Academy in September 2013, but just a few months later he received the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Within 10 days of the diagnosis, he was undergoing emergency surgery, followed by six months of chemotherapy which began on his 33rd birthday.
Scott is currently waiting for the results of a recent scan, but early indications suggest that the outcome will be positive.
“I’m loving being back. I have missed my job and the classroom”, said Scott, who returned to work last month.
“The school has been fantastic and supportive.”
Scott took part in ‘Decembeard’ last year, raising more than £400, and he plans to take part in Race For Life this year.
Phil Cragg, a bowel cancer survivor who is now a volunteer for Beating Bowel Cancer, said: “We are a small charity, set up to help support people suffering with this disease and raise awareness about the second biggest cancer killer in Britain.
“Scott’s story is a fantastic example of an inspirational experience, and he and the school have done so well to raise this money - it will really make a difference.”
Mr Cragg added: “Bowel cancer is an entirely curable disease if caught early. It is 90 per cent curable, but currently about half of people who get it will die. People should get checked out, and there is more information on our website”
Academy Principal, Mr Patrick Daley, said: “We are thrilled to bits that Scott is on the road to recovery.
“The students, and the entire Cordeaux community, has got behind Scott’s cause and we will continue to support this charity.”
• Visit www.beatingbowel cancer.org for information.