Wig-wearing staff and students at Herts and Essex High School pay tribute to memory of Addie Brady
The memory of a 16-year-old student who was “synonymous with fun” was honoured at the Herts and Essex High School in Bishop’s Stortford on the first anniversary of her death.
Students and staff were invited to wear a wig – or yellow hair accessory – for Wear a Wig Day on Friday February 1 in return for a donation to CLIC Sargent, a charity which supports children with cancer and their families.
Addie Brady lost her battle with cancer on February 1, 2018, aged just 16.
The teenager was first diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2011. Mum Michelle, dad Tara and sister Skylar hoped she had recovered, but in 2016 it was discovered Addie had a high-grade inoperable brain tumour.
This second cancer was unrelated to her first diagnosis, and genetic testing revealed Addie had Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), which predisposes carriers to cancer development.
Addie worked closely with CLIC Sargent during and after her first cancer treatment for spindle cell sarcoma in her leg. When she was in Year 8 at the high school, she organised a Wig Day for staff and fellow students, and this year teachers Ian Corner, Tom Marlow and Caitlin Hayward took up the baton.
The trio are running the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28 in aid of CLIC Sargent and in memory of Addie.
School spokeswoman Lucy Gray said: “Students and staff rose to the occasion with a wonderfully lurid array of wigs worn, including Marge Simpson on the reception desk! Addie was synonymous with fun and the day was certainly full of that same spirit.”
To further mark the anniversary, there was a celebration assembly in the afternoon, and Addie's friends laid flowers and tributes around her memorial tree in the school courtyard.