PUPILS at Roydon Primary Academy have raised an impressive £260 for the charity, Brain Tumour Research, on their Wear a Hat Day.
They were challenged to design and wear their own festive hat for one day only; a poignant one for headteacher, Anna Myatt, whose daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with a brain tumour on Boxing Day 2018, specifically a pilocytic astrocytoma. Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital referred the seven year old to Great Ormond Street Hospital where the tumour was removed through emergency surgery.
Ms Myatt said: “It all happened so quickly, we didn’t really have time to process it all. She was an absolute superstar and return to school within weeks.”
Now having made a full recovery, Elizabeth’s mother wants to raise awareness of the disease and its symptoms, which included headaches and nausea, for her daughter, so that other children can be diagnosed sooner. It is especially important as Elizabeth was initially diagnosed, merely, with migraines.
“I cannot thank the school community enough for the money they have raised and the heartfelt messages we have received. I have been overwhelmed with the generous donations from our families,” said Ms Myatt.
Photo: Roydon Primary Academy’s pupils on their Wear a Hat Day, raising money for Brain Tumour Research.