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SPONSORED SILENCE: St Albans school sits silent in bid to support fellow pupil 

 Published on: 10th June 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Pupils from a school in St Albans recently took part in a 30-minute sponsored silence to support a fellow pupil and raise money for charity.

Together students and staff from St Columba’s Prep School wore red celebrated REDSVEDS day to raise awareness of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS).

This is a cause of particular importance to the school as fellow pupil Hugo Whatton who has VEDS.

Hugo’s mum, Victoria Whatton said that Hugo’s condition means that he can struggle to do normal activities that some would take for granted.

She said: “We’re very lucky that he’s at an amazing school that works so hard to keep him safe whilst allowing him to do 99% of what his peers do. The school, staff and children are so caring and supportive to his needs and is a real accolade to the ethos and values of the school. 

“Hugo and us as a family were so overwhelmed and grateful for the support shown to him and the charity when the whole of the Prep School staff and pupils wore red for him on REDS4VEDS day.”

Head of St Columba’s Prep, Mr Richard McCann, said: “We were delighted to support such an important campaign to raise awareness of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Hugo and his family once again led our initiatives and we celebrated as a community by all wearing red and having a sponsored silence to show our support.

This was no mean feat as they all had to be completely silent as they enjoyed their lunch. We’re very proud to have helped promote this rare genetic condition.”

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