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All Saints Primary School to honour former pupil Addie Brady with an outdoor stage



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Fundraising has begun to build an outdoor stage at All Saints Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford to honour the memory of former pupil Addie Brady.

The 16-year-old, who went on to attend the Herts and Essex High School, passed away in February last year. She was first diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2011. After surgery and several months of chemotherapy, she recovered but five years later in 2016, Addie was rushed into hospital following a seizure and tests revealed an inoperable brain tumour.

Dad Tara, mum Michelle and sister Skylar were shocked to discover the disease was a primary cancer unrelated to the first diagnosis. Genetic testing revealed Addie had Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS), usually an inherited familial predisposition to the disease.

At All Saints, the parent-teacher association (PTA) wants to ensure her legacy lives on. Addie was a keen performer - after she was first diagnosed with bone cancer, she was told she would be unable to play contact sports so decided to try drama and musical theatre. She joined Phoenix Theatre School at the Rhodes Arts Complex and studied for a drama GCSE at the Herts and Essex where a drama studio was named in her honour last year.

Herts and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford. School has named the new drama Studio after former pupil Addie Brady. .l-r: Tara, Skylar and Michelle Brady in front of the plaque. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (6373455)
Herts and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford. School has named the new drama Studio after former pupil Addie Brady. .l-r: Tara, Skylar and Michelle Brady in front of the plaque. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (6373455)

PTA co-chair Eli Chenkova and the rest of the committee liaised with staff who taught Addie at All Saints to come up with plans for an outside performance space to be built this spring and debuted at the primary’s annual summer fair.

Her own daughter Kiki joined All Saints as Addie was ready to leave. She said: “Addie loved acting and was originally diagnosed when she was a pupil at the school. We really want to honour her and build something for future pupils to enjoy.”

Waitrose supermarket, Northgate End, has adopted the appeal as one of its green token charities this month and Eli is appealing for support from shoppers at the branch.

The stage could cost £1,500 and Eli said she plans to make up any shortfall at an event using her talents as a professional photographer specialising in shoots outdoors. The PTA is also asking for design and build advice for the structure.

Addie’s family is setting up a foundation in her name to boost research into high-grade brain tumours and better treatments for brain cancer. They are currently working with the Brain Tumour Charity to achieve this. They are also working with The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting families with LFS.”



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