11-year-old from Chislehurst fundraises at school for charity helping his brother with rare brain tumour
PUBLISHED: 10:54 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 04 April 2017
Louis Lardner persuaded his classmates to wear a hat or wig for a day for Brain Tumour Research
An Eltham College pupil from Chislehurst organised a fundraising event in support of his younger brother who has a rare brain tumour.
Year seven pupil, Louis Lardner, 11, asked the school pupils to wear a hat or wig to school on Friday (March 31) and to pay for the privilege.
The money will go to Brain Tumour Research, the charity which seeks to raise £7 million a year to fund seven research centres across the UK. Since 2008, the charity has promoted Wear A Hat Day as a national fundraising campaign.
Louis, who lives in Chislehurst, said: “I happened to see a collection box for Wear A Hat Day on a shop counter. I thought it would be amazing if we could do it at my school. I asked my form tutor who thought it was a good idea and he helped me get permission for the whole school to take part.”
Louis’ 10-year-old brother was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, when he was 19 months old. He has since undergone several rounds of major brain surgery and travelled to Florida in 2013 for pioneering proton therapy treatment.
“I have a special connection to my brother and it makes a big difference raising money on behalf of someone you know and love,” says Louis.
Pupils and classmates posted pictures on social media encouraging others to take part.
“I’m only in year seven so am quite new to the school. I wasn’t sure they would let me do it, but I’m happy the teachers understood why it was important to me. I’m grateful to all the pupils and parents that donated money,” said Louis.
Headmaster Mr Sanderson, added: “It is important for our students to understand about life away from the classroom and how to consider and support others. Brain Tumour Research is a charity close to the heart of one of our students, so we were more than happy to get behind his idea.”
16,000 people are diagnosed with brain tumours each year, and it kills more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
Crispin Zeeman, head of marketing for Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely grateful to the pupils of Eltham College and are impressed by their willingness to help our cause. Such support is vital in order to help us to fund the fight as we work to improve the lives of patients, and ultimately, find a cure for brain tumours.”