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Trafalgar Tribute to Ben Palmer (fondly known as Spud)

Summer has arrived at Trafalgar School and with the help of the sunshine, a very special cherry tree delivered an abundance of ripe cherries.

The tree is extremely important as it is a memorial to a very special young man, who was taken far too soon whilst in Year 10 at what was then City Boys’ School. Ben was an exemplary pupil in every respect; diligent in his approach to school work, unfailingly polite and popular with his peers and staff alike. After his untimely, tragic death the response from his Year Group in raising money for charity support for Ben’s family and caring for his friends, is testimony to how Ben was regarded.

Once again, the staff and students have raised £102 for charity by buying the bags of cherries from Ben’s tree for 50p. We are very delighted to honour Ben’s memory by donating the money to CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young.

Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions. Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research. CRY publishes and distributes medical information written by leading cardiologists for the general public. CRY funds specialist referral, screening and cardiac pathology services at leading UK hospitals.

We hope that this donation will also raise awareness of not only the number of young people diagnosed with heart conditions, including those who have lost their lives so young, but also the important and valuable work that the charity carries out to support sufferers and their families.

We hope this is a fitting tribute to a very missed and well thought of young man and that his family is heartened that we remember and honour his memory every year.

Photo – Year 7 students Isabelle Rowley and Kody Franklyn.