Teachers and pupils hold fundraising day to help ex-pupil with brain tumour

Teachers and pupils hold fundraising day to help ex-pupil with brain tumour

by Henry James (June 2021)

TEACHERS and pupils at St Andrew’s CofE school in Maghull held a fundraising day for former head boy Owen Copland, who is seriously ill with an aggressive brain tumour.

The school, which is based at Deyes Lane, found out about Owen’s illness earlier in the year.

Owen, 20, was in his third year at John Moores University in Liverpool when he discovered the devastating news.

He has written on social media: “It was during lockdown in September when I had headaches and returned home after a two week isolation period to my family and was feeling quite poorly and lethargic.

“I was then transferred to the Walton Centre. After this I was given an MRI for more details into my condition and I was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumour called a Glioma tumour.

“It was decided I needed semi-emergency surgery and a team of neruosurgeon consultants made a plan for my operation in the temporal lobe on the left side on my brain.

“This operation was carried out on the November 10, 2020 and was a six hour life-saving operation. I am staying positive and putting all my fight into this. I believe there should be more funding into brain tumour treatment research.”

St Andrew’s CofE current head boy Nathan Wagner suggested that the school could have a fun day to raise money for a brain tumour charity, in Owen’s name and so Nathan and PE leader, Mr Shannon, organised a sponsored obstacle course complete with mud.

Owen’s sister Jane was able to pop into school to see the children having fun while fundraising in Owen’s name and she was stunned to hear the school had raised £2,000!

Paula Dwan, deputy headteacher at St Andrew’s Primary School said: “We are all praying for Owen and his family at this very challenging time.

“Owen’s journey can be followed on the Facebook page that has been set up in his name ‘Owen & Glioblastoma: lets find a cure.’”

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