Thursday, 16 March 2017
Junior Boys at Bolton School joined forces with their parents at the school’s Christmas Fair to raise £1,350 for the Breast Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital (RBH). Motivated by School Secretary and Old Girl Mrs Kate Iddon being diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago, the boys resolved to design and sell wrapping paper and bags to raise funds, an idea conceived by Alex Rowley. Further money was raised at the fair by the Parents’ Association.
Addressing a whole school assembly, Alex spoke of how the idea came to him and Haseeb Ahsan showcased his wonderful intricate wrapping paper design which took him 30 hours to create! Headteacher Mrs Sue Faulkner said: “We are delighted that Mrs Iddon is now back with us after the great work performed by Bolton Breast Unit. We are particularly indebted to Surgeon Clare Garnsey, herself an Old Girl, who is Mrs Iddon’s Consultant as well as Nurse Mal Sheridan, both of whom join us this morning.”
Miss Garnsey told the boys: “I have been really impressed listening to what you have been up to. With the money, we are going to buy something for the operating theatre. My job is to remove cancer to keep people safe and sometimes you do this by removing lymph glands. It can be difficult to find these glands as they are no bigger than the size of a baked bean and we use a machine called a gamma probe. We will use the money to help buy one of these so your work will save many lives so thank you very much.” She also told the assembly about the important clothes that a surgeon must wear and these were ably modelled by Year 6 boy Billy Burrows.
Reflecting on her treatment, Mrs Iddon said: "I received outstanding treatment at the RBH under Miss Garney’s excellent care and I am currently very well and delighted to be back at Park Road. I am immensely proud of the boys for their efforts and the generosity of the parents who bought raffle tickets!"
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