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Students from Parkside Federation Academies have raised £1,322.51 for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of their friend Samayyah Arain who lost her battle with cancer in November last year. Samayyah was a fun loving, caring person and her friends talked about ‘ her smile lighting up the room’.
The students raised the money by various activities, including holding cake sales and a very special non-uniform day where female students wore the Muslim hijab (headscarves) for the day in memory of Samayyah. Students also held house assemblies to raise awareness of Samayyah’s type of cancer.
Laura Woodcock from the Teenage Cancer Trust said that the money raised would enable them to continue the vital work they do for young people in East Anglia who have been diagnosed with cancer and would help fund their newly built unit at Addenbrookes Hospital which serves young people with cancer from age 13-24 years.
Samayyah’s friends said that they felt it was unjust that Samayyah was no longer with them and that they would continue to raise awareness and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust for the rest of their lives so at least something positive would come out of such a tragedy. Samayyah’s parents, Mr and Mrs Arain came to Parkside School this week to accept the cheque on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust. They said that Samayyah greatly valued her time at Parkside, and her friends were very precious to her. She had showed great determination and wanted to return to do her GCSEs, despite her illness.
As the Year 11 students take their GCSEs and complete the academic year they will remember Samayaah, especially as she will not be with them for their Year 11 Prom later this month.