We will never forget absent friends.Byline: By Vince Gledhill
Youngsters' sponsored walk raises funds for school memorial garden
Little battler Jamie Hall led a walk through the rain to create a tribute to four tragic school pupils.
Cancer sufferer Jamie is undergoing treatment at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, was opened on 11 July 1906 by Edward VII on ten acres of Town Moor given by the Corporation and Freemen. .
But the six-year-old joined 800 students in a sponsored walk around Blyth Community College Blyth Community College is a high school in Blyth, Northumberland, England. It was opened in 2000 following the amalgamation of Tynedale High School and Ridley High School. to raise pounds 2,000 for a memorial garden to four pupils and a teacher whose lives were cut short.
The idea for the garden came after the death earlier this year of 58-year-old technology teacher Alan Rickeby from cancer.
Jamie's mum, Sue Hall, is a PE teacher at the college and some of the cash from the three-mile walk will also go to the Children's Cancer Ward at the RVI RVI Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal (public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium)
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"There was a suggestion that something should be done in memory of him and it just grew from there," said Paul Sutcliffe Paul Sutcliffe is professor of mathematics at the University of Kent. Using supercomputers he has modelled topological solitons. In a famous result he showed that skyrmions look like buckminsterfullerene. He is winner of the 2006 LMS Whitehead Prize. , head of art at the school.
The school's most recent loss was 18-year-old Christina Walker, who died last month.
Bubbly blonde Christina suffered from Von Willebrand's disorder, a rare genetic condition which is the female equivalent of the bleeding disorder Bleeding disorder
Problems in the clotting mechanism of the blood.
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She died last month from internal bleeding after falling on stairs at home in Bedlington.
But Christina's determination to live her short life to the full won her friends and admirers at school as well as Bedlington, where she lived with parents Ian and Yvonne and sister Sue, 16.
Also remembered in the garden will be 14-year-old Ben Hepple, who died five years ago from cancer, and Chris Bramley, who fell victim to meningitis and died in 1993 at the age of 16. The other pupil to be remembered through the garden is Michael Earnshaw, who was killed in a road accident in 1962 when he was 16.
More than 50 students entered a technology department-led competition to design the garden and the three winners, Glen Brown, Taryn Burn and Leigh Thompson, all 15 and from Blyth, were picked by a panel of judges from the college's sixth-form department.
Work on the garden will start in September. It will include a plaque remembering the former pupils and Mr Rickeby.
The completed garden will be a place for thought and rest.
"The idea is to have a place where the students can sit and relax at the back of the school," Mr Sutcliffe said.