South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust

Chetwynde pupil marks a decade of being cancer free with fundraiser

A courageous Chetwynde pupil has marked a decade of being cancer free by shaving his hair off for charity.

Alex Blake, who is in Year 11, took to the stage in assembly to surprise other senior students by getting the clippers out and received a standing ovation for his efforts.

The pupil underwent successful treatment for a brain tumour when he was five and wanted to raise much-needed funds for other families who are facing cancer battles.

Jill Robinson, Assistant Headteacher Teaching and Learning at Chetwynde School, said: “Every once in a while, you witness something courageous and inspiring – and that is what the senior students experienced in assembly. I am in awe of Alex and the face he did it in front of his peers and family, who also attended.

“I think you will agree that this all took guts, and it goes without saying we are all deeply proud of Alex.”

Alex’s mum, Lisa Blake, who is a teaching assistant at the Rating Lane school, gave the students an overview of Alex’s journey and why providing funds for families is so important before his head was shaved on stage.

Other students then spontaneously rose to give Alex a standing ovation with a few tears of pride among his family, friends and teachers.

Alex has now raised over £1,000 through a Go-Fund-Me page for the Team Reece Children’s Brain Tumour and Cancer Charity.

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South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust
c/o Chetwynde School Croslands
Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness
Cumbria LA13 0NY

Tel: 01229 824 210

Company number 13414087 registered in England.
South Cumbria Multi-Academy Trust