Pupils at two schools were allowed to wear jeans to school on Monday – to raise money for a 14-year-old student fighting leukaemia.
Morecambe High Year 9 pupil Joe Shaw was diagnosed with leukaemia in November, and has been undergoing treatment in Manchester Children’s Hospital ever since.
Joe has had three months of chemotherapy, and in that time has suffered unforeseen infections and been placed in an induced coma. He is due to have more chemotherapy, with the long-term aim being a bone marrow transplant.
Youngsters at both Morecambe High and Joe’s previous school Trumacar Primary both decided to raise money to help Joe and his family.
Three of Joe’s sisters are currently at Trumacar.
Both schools allowed students to wear jeans to school – with Morecambe High pupils also allowed to wear trainers for an extra donation – in a bid to raise cash to help support the family. Morecambe High said they had raised around £2,000 from the day, which they said was their best ever fundraising event.
Joe and his family recently featured in the Visitor after local fundraiser Shaun Gash helped get together a team of builders, led by Wayne Jobey, to install a new rood on part of the family’s house in McDonald Road, Heysham.
The roof had been leaking and Joe had not been allowed home from hospital due to an increased risk of infection from the damp in his bedroom.