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Students raise money in memory of Adam

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Friends and Family of Adam during their walk.

Animal Care students from Wakefield College organised a 63 mile sponsored walk in memory of a brave colleague who lost his battle against cancer. Adam Wallace, 16, died in January this year after battling with the disease since he was initially diagnosed in November 2007.

The group, which also included members of Adam’s family, set off from Wakefield College’s Margaret Street Campus to the east coast town of Hornsea. The 3 day walk saw the group raise more than £1500 for the Youth Cancer Trust (YCT).

Adam’s best friend Alex Swallow, who organised the walk said, “When I first met Adam he was full of confidence and life and I never thought for one second that he suffered from cancer or was in remission from cancer. Adam was the first person I made friends with at College and we were never apart. We did everything together, from college work to going out together and supporting him when he had to go to the hospital for check-ups. Adam was the type of lad who always put himself last in any situation.”

“I chose to raise money for the YCT because of what Adam told me about them and how it was one of the best times of his life when he went on a trip with them, because it gave him a break from his treatment and hospitals. After seeing the pain and suffering Adam went through. I decided that I would raise money for the YCT to say thanks for giving Adam a great time.”

Adam’s personal tutor Sam Falshaw added, “Adam was an amazing young person and I felt privileged to have known him. Adam was in remission from Leukaemia when he started on the BTEC First Diploma in Animal Care course and he wanted to do this course so much. Nothing stopped him, he was always handling the animals, helping feed and clean them and his work was of a very high standard. He was a model student. He was a pleasure to have in my tutor group, always smiling and cheerful.

“I miss Adam as he was such an inspiration. I am so proud of my group in how they have coped with the loss and also continued with their studies, it has brought the group much closer and has made me feel proud and privileged to be around such dedicated people, who are so focused in raising money for an excellent cause.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 28 April, 2009

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