A Cheshire school has paid tribute to two of its pupils who passed away in December.
Winsford Academy have paid tribute to Year 8 pupil Cason Hallwood who died on Christmas Day and Year 9 pupil Lucas Singh who passed away on December 23.
Lucas had been on life support for several weeks following heart surgery in November.
Cason died in hospital after spending Christmas Day with his family. It is believed he suffered a suspected anaphylactic shock.
The statement was shared on The Winsford Academy Facebook page on Wednesday (December 30), reports CheshireLive.
Principal, Gary Evans, said the news had been a ‘huge shock to all of us’ and that it has ‘greatly affected the community too’.
It continued to say that ‘all our thoughts are with Lucas and Cason’s families and their friends’ and that the school will ensure there is ‘support in place’ for those students who need it.
Towards the end of the statement, Mr Evans said it is ‘heartbreaking for us to lose two of our Winsford family’ and that the school is working on virtual books of remembrance, with details to be shared as soon as they can.
Sam Decruz, a friend of the Hallwood family, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family and for Cason’s funeral.
The page has generated hundreds of donations and has raised more than £14,000.
The full statement:
During the holiday we have been given the dreadful news that two of our students have sadly passed away. This has been a huge shock to all of us and I know it has greatly affected the community too. Last week on Tuesday 22nd December, Year 9 student, Lucas Singh, passed away. Lucas had been on life support for several weeks following heart surgery in November.
Then, on Christmas Day, Year 8 student, Cason Hallwood, also passed away following an allergic reaction. Cason was asthmatic and it is believed that he suffered a suspected anaphylactic shock.
Both boys were very popular in school with friends and staff and I know they will be missed by many at the Academy. All our thoughts are with Lucas and Cason’s families and their friends.
Both have brothers in school and my thoughts are also with them at this difficult time. I am sure the community will pull together to ensure the families get all the support they need.
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This has been devastating news for staff, students and parents. We will make sure that support will be in place for those students who need it.
We are currently working on plans to help our students, particularly in Year 8 and 9, both before they return to school and when they eventually do. Currently, that is due to be Monday, January 11th but this is subject to change.
Whenever they return, staff will be there for any students who need help and support. My concern right now is that the delayed return to school will not give students the routine and the contact with close friends that they need.
If you are concerned about your son or daughter and believe that they need someone to talk to please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and we will make sure someone gets in touch as soon as possible.
I always see a school community as a family. It is heart breaking for us to lose two of our ‘Winsford family’ in such sad circumstances.
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We are currently working on virtual books of remembrance and will share details as soon as we can. Winsford is a strong community and we need to be at our strongest now to be there for each other and, in particular, to be there for the families of Lucas and Cason.
I know I can depend on our students to be there for each other and on you, our parents and carers, to provide them with the support they need. Please take care and stay safe.