Ravenswood Primary School pupils honour classmate Kaden who died from leukaemia
For brave young Kaden McKenna the crushing news he had leukaemia in December last year couldn’t deter his generous spirit as he embarked on a final act of goodwill to raise money for charity.
And now, after his death just five weeks later in January this year, Kaden’s classmates have taken up his mantle to raise thousands for three good causes in his honour.
Held at Ravenswood Community Primary School last week, pupils from the school wanted to organise a day in Kaden’s memory, which would help support causes close to the family’s heart.
After all putting in their ideas, a fun day was organised to pay tribute to him.
Karen Mills, headteacher at the school, said: “They came to me in February or March and said they wanted to do this and incorporate all his classmate’s ideas.
“To come from an idea from the children was just great, and the parents were brilliant – they supported us throughout.”
Among the activities on the day were a bouncy castle, cake sale, fun run and raffle, with more than £2,000 sold in raffle tickets alone.
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Kaden’s mum Janine Bree, 34, and siblings Shay, three, and Taylyn, one, also came along to witness the children’s generosity.
“It was lovely that all the little ones wanted to do something for Kaden. It was something he started off in the first place – even when he was ill himself.
“It still hurts [that he isn’t here] so it was mixed emotions going but the school have been brilliant, so I would like to say a huge thank you to them. “Kaden would have been so proud of them doing it for him.”
Despite being diagnosed on December 1 last year, Kaden shaved his head to raise money for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with the Ravenswood fundraiser aiming to raise around £4,000 to split between CLIC Sargent, the Sick Children’s Trust and the C2 ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Proud dad Damian McKenna added: “He’s got so many friends at school. There’s not one person who could say a bad word against him.
“He was my best friend and is a massive part of all our lives that cannot be replaced.”