Staff and students at Albany took part in a balloon launch in memory of the sorely missed student Harry Grimshaw, who sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier this term. The school released nearly 700 balloons, one for each student in the school.
The balloon launch was a way of helping all the staff and students at Albany say goodbye to Harry with one symbolic gesture. The event was supported by Molly Olly’s Wishes, a charity close to Harry’s heart. Molly Olly’s Wishes is charity which aims to support the lives of children with terminal or life threatening illnesses, both emotionally and financially throughout the UK. They are there to advise and assist their families through distressing situations.
For Sue Lillie, Harry’s tutor, he will always be remembered as the fun loving student, who was so enthusiastic about everything in which he took part. Sue said, “Harry has been an inspiration to us. He was everything we want Albany students to be. We will not forget him; he will always have a special place in our hearts.”
Albany Academy Headteacher, Peter Mayland, said “All the students and staff were devastated by the loss of Harry. He was genuinely an inspirational figure to us all in the way he lived every day of his life. His friends wanted to continue to support one of the charities that helped him during his illness and to celebrate the impact he made here at Albany Academy”.
The balloon launch raised over £300 for Molly Olly’s Wishes and with money still coming in an outstanding total of nearly £5000 has been raised was raised by the school through a sponsored walk which everyone at Albany took part in.
Harry’s family were overwhelmed by the support they received during this most difficult time. A message that was read out to all the students and staff on behalf of Harry’s family said, “We would like to say thank you to each and everyone of the students who took part in the ‘Walk for Harry’. The dedication and kindness shown in fundraising for Harry is overwhelming. We would like the money raised to go to a charity that researches into the rare type of cancer that Harry had. We would also like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all at Albany for all the tributes paid in the book of condolence and the messages that were posted. They have been of great comfort to the family. We are glad that Harry had so many good friends who were watching out for him.”