YOUNGSTERS helped raised hundreds of pounds in memory of their friend’s dad by wearing a variety of hats to school.
The family of Ross Pearman enlisted the help of Hook-with-Warsash School to raise money for Brain Tumour Research following his death from the disease in February this year. He was just 35.
His five-year-old son Phoenix, who attends the Warsash school, was one of many children to be sponsored to wear hats for the day, raising £637.
Ross’s wife Amanda, 36, of Verne Close in Whiteley, who also has a one-year-old son, Xavier, said as well as cash she wants to raise awareness about brain tumours. ‘It’s vital,’ she said.
‘The amount of people that are dying of brain tumours – the money just isn’t there.
‘The government isn’t supporting it enough.
‘The more I was aware of everything that was happening with Ross, the more I began to realise how many people are suffering from these tumours. The awareness isn’t there and the funding isn’t there to help people. It’s vital that we raise awareness to help families.’
Amanda added that she is thrilled to have received the support from her local community. I’m amazed with the support that’s out there,’ she said.
‘Every day I’m thankful. Not only for the fact that people want to raise money but that people are there emotionally to support people.
‘It makes the children aware that there are people who are supporting them through a difficult time. It helps me with the realisation that Ross is gone. It gives me a drive to go forward and help others.’
Headteacher Christopher Hines said: ‘We’re always keen to support charities and this one is particularly special for the children as they have seen a friend affected by such a devastating disease. It was lovely to see the support that the children, parents and staff were keen to give to this special day.’
The Growing Places nursery at Oak Meadow, where Xavier attends, will be taking part in a sponsored walk for the charity in July.
The four mile walk starts in Hill Head back to the nursery on Saturday, July 7 at 11am.
To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/Amanda-Pearman.