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Gosberton Academy raises money for cancer charity after two pupils were diagnosed with leukaemia




Children at Gosberton Academy donned glittering gold or yellow to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

It is a cause close to the hearts of children and staff at the primary school as two pupils were diagnosed with leukaemia within months of each other.

Lucas Devaney was just three-years-old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It was a huge shock to his parents Joanne and Gareth.

Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt (front) with pupils at Gosberton Academy at the fundraising day.
Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt (front) with pupils at Gosberton Academy at the fundraising day.

He was immediately treated with chemotherapy, followed by maintenance therapy. He is now remission.

"He's now 8 and is doing really well," his mum Joanne said.

"I've organised this event at the school since 2015 and the money raised will go to the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group."

Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt at Gosberton Academy. Children dressed in yellow and gold to raise money for a cancer charity. One child (pictured) decided to dress as a unicorn.
Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt at Gosberton Academy. Children dressed in yellow and gold to raise money for a cancer charity. One child (pictured) decided to dress as a unicorn.

On the day, £105 was raised, with more to come in from the sale of gold ribbon badges.

The gold ribbon is the internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer.

At the same school is Imogen Pratt, who was diagnosed with the same type of leukaemia at two-and-a-half years old, just six months after Lucas.

Her mum Natalie Sansby, who lives in Gosberton, said: “It started with me taking her to the doctors and they thought it was a chest infection. It seemed to go on for ages.

Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt (front) with pupils at Gosberton Academy who wore yellow or gold to raise money for charity. Pictured at the back is head teacher Tom Baxter.
Lucas Devaney and Imogen Pratt (front) with pupils at Gosberton Academy who wore yellow or gold to raise money for charity. Pictured at the back is head teacher Tom Baxter.

“Then she came up with a platelet rash.At first I thought it was meningitis. They did some tests and said to take her straight to Pilgrim Hospital (in Boston).”

There, Natalie was given the diagnosis and Imogen began chemotherapy which lasted for two years and three months. Like Lucas, she then went on to maintenance treatment and was given the all clear in February last year.

Natalie said: “Today, she is the picture of health, although she does suffer from some side effects. It affected her eyesight and she has some muscle pains and has lost some of her muscle strength. She was wheelchair bound after her treatment and had to have physio.”

Imogen’s older brother Jayden and Lucas’ older brother Ethan, also go to Gosberton Academy.

Head teacher Tom Baxter said: “This is a charity that is close to the school’s heart and everybody is happy to get behind it and support it."

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