Selecting a charity for the year is normal practice for Northlands School Council – but this year it is even more special and closer to home.
Alfie Mooney joined Northlands Primary School and Nursery last year and his story has inspired his classmates and teachers.
Not only have they gone above and beyond for Alfie, but for us as a family too.Alfie’s mum, Hayley
In January 2013, Alfie was diagnosed with a type of cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. His treatment plan is three-and-a-half years long and is due to finish next year.
Alfie has chemotherapy every day, has intravenous chemotherapy once a month through a port in his chest, has steroids on a monthly basis, takes medicine every weekend and he has a finger-prick blood test with community nurses once a fortnight.
But despite all this, Alfie still goes to the school in Pinders Lane with a smile and ready to learn. In honour of brave Alfie, Northlands Primary School will be holding a bandage day, where children wear a bandage in exchange for a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Alfie’s mum, Hayley, said: “The support we have received from everyone at Northlands has been amazing. They have helped Alfie integrate into school life with the most delicate touch. Not only have they gone above and beyond for Alfie, but for us as a family too. We are very humbled that they want to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
Alife’s weakened immune system means he is more susceptible to infections. Whenever he gets a temperature of 38 degrees or above, he has to go straight to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to be given intravenous antibiotics.
A school spokesperson said: “Alfie’s journey has been far from easy, from being on a ventilator in intensive care, to learning how to walk again. Through all the battles he has faced, he has done them all with the most courageous attitude and was desperate to get back to school and a ‘normal’ routine!”