Students and staff are being encouraged to ‘Wear Yellow For Seth’ on Friday to support a local youngster who suffers from a rare condition affecting his immune system. Seth Lane was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency as is currently living in a totally sterile room at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle awaiting a bone marrow transplant.
In order to keep his spirits up his family posted a video that showed five-year-old Seth holding up cards explaining about his condition. Supporters are being encouraged to upload photos of them wearing something yellow on Friday 27th March and his family planned to print out the pictures and put them in Seth’s room to show how many people are encouraging him. However the video went viral and has had more than two million hits with messages and good wishes flooding in from all over the world.
Mr Hawksley said: ‘ This is being done to show our support for him, so wear anything yellow, a jumper, trousers, socks, a tie. One of my tutees made me aware of his story and we wanted to get the school involved.’
There will be a voluntary collection on the door at the start of the school day and money raised will go towards funding research into Seth's condition so please give generously.
Year 12 students Alicia Keen and Phoebe Piper are backing the campaign with Alicia raising awareness and urging fellow students to get involved as she knows Seth’s mum and has been following his progress on social media. Phoebe also knows Seth's family and works for Corby Conservative Club which is holding a fundraising event tomorrow night.
Phoebe said: ‘They are raising money for the Bubble Foundation and some of the funds will also go to Seth’s parents for books and stuff because he can’t go to school at the moment.’
Jade Ruthven, duty manager at the Conservative Club in Cottingham Road said: ‘It should be a really good night and it will start at 7pm. We will have a raffle, information boards, a quiz and also there is a live band from 9pm. It is free to get in and everyone is welcome to come along and support us.’