Teacher ‘overwhelmed’ by support after returning to school following breast cancer battle

Pupils from Harold Court Primary School dressed in pink to help raise £950 for charity.

Pupils from Harold Court Primary School dressed in pink to help raise £950 for charity. - Credit: Archant

Children banded together to show support for their teacher who went through a year of treatment for breast cancer.

Pupils from Harold Court Primary School, Church Road, Harold Wood, rasied £950 for breast cancer charities after holding their own Pink Day.

The idea stemmed from the school’s parliament who voted for the idea after teacher Wendy Donnelly-Symes only returned to school in September after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

She said: “It was a fitting way to celebrate still being part of the Harold Court family, I shed a few tears as I was totally overwhelmed by everyone’s ongoing support, generosity and thoughtfulness.”

Headteacher Matthew Dineen said: “Cancer affects many of our own families and at the time we need support.


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“It is standing strong together, which is what events like today are reminding us of that we are all human and we need to sometimes feel we all care – Pink Day was testament to this.”

The school is now planning to raise more money as it prepares to host its own Race for Cancer day next term.

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