Carrdus School has been staying true to its community spirit by running a campaign to support research being conducted by the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
The inspiration for the campaign came from pupil and honorary Carrdus School super-hero, Freddie, who has been battling a rare form of bone cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
The news of his illness came as a shock to parents Nicole and William. Freddie was a spritely, rough and tumble typical little boy, with a caring nature and a big heart. He was undoubtedly an exceptional role model to his two younger brothers Albert and Stanley until one day Freddie started to complain of aches and pains throughout his body and seemed unable to participate in play and activities like any other normal six year old. After many trips back and forth to the doctors and dentists, Freddie was finally diagnosed in November 2019 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Knowing very little about this illness, let alone the effects of this devastating diagnosis, Freddie’s parents could do nothing but put their bravest faces on and support their little boy in what would be the most enduring battle of his young six years. Since then, Freddie has spent considerable time in hospital undergoing chemotherapy, blood and platelet transfusions as well as radiotherapy.
During this time, Freddie has never been far from his best friend, companion and constant source of comfort and cuddles, Mutty, his toy dog. Now Mutty has, with the kind permission of his best friend Freddie, been posing for fabulous local artist and Carrdus teaching assistant Wendy Price to produce a ‘Mutty Inspired’ Christmas Card with every penny raised going directly to ‘Freddie’s Future’, a fund which has been set up to support the Bone Cancer Research Trust’s amazing work and research into Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Laura Mills, Freddie’s class teacher at Carrdus School said, “Freddie is a very kind and gentle boy and since starting with us this September, he has made lots of friends and shown us all what resilience means.”
Carrdus Headmaster, Ed Way said, “Community is at the heart of everything we do at Carrdus - we will always go the extra mile to ensure our pupils and parents receive the very best support available. This beautiful Christmas Card will raise vital money for the research into Ewing’s Sarcoma and I really hope that lots of other families in and around Banbury choose this card to send to their friends and family. Freddie is such a brave young man who loves school and I hope this small but meaningful gesture will help raise awareness of this terrible disease, while putting a smile on young Freddie’s face”.
If you are looking for Christmas cards that go the extra mile this year, these cards, starring Freddie's much loved Mutty are only £2 each, or a pack of 5 for £7.50. The cards are available from Banbury based pet shop Croft Pet Foods Ltd.
To read Freddie’s incredible story or to donate to ‘Freddie’s Future’, please go to https://www.bcrt.org.uk/get-involved/tribute-funds/freddies-future