Students at an academy in the Fens are ditching their school uniform for a day in ag good cause.
The event at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech will help support the #GivingForGaby appeal.
It will help support Gaby, 14, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and is also heading to Manchester for specialist Proton Therapy to treat cells near the margin of her eye.
Students and staff have already raised £2,700 to help with the additional costs her family faces, and have held cake sales and sporting events. After the non-uniform day, the academy hosts a family bingo on May 26 when the doors open at 6pm.
Gaby was diagnosed in November after a small bump on her cheek grew rapidly and was identified as a tumour. She has since undergone major surgery and bravely shaved her head to donate her hair to other cancer patients.
“Gaby chose her exam subjects, which start in September, to enable her to become a mentor or counsellor for young people going through a similar time,” said Claire Thomas, raising standards leader at the academy.
“She really does think of others first and we wanted to raise money to help with all the additional costs that Gaby’s family is facing and to show our support for them. Gaby is going through such a tough time, but we are thinking of her,” said Ms Thomas.
A crowdfunding page has been set up via the website JustGiving and an initial target of £1,500 was surpassed in just a couple of days so a new target of £3,000 was set.
The fundraising page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/givingforgaby?utm_term=pjdNEbA78