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Plaque in memory of former pupil

Staff and students at Halifax High have begun a fundraising campaign for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of former student Ali Raja who passed away earlier this year. Dorina and Rabia Raja with the memorial plaque.

Staff and students at Halifax High have begun a fundraising campaign for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of former student Ali Raja who passed away earlier this year. Dorina and Rabia Raja with the memorial plaque.

A plaque has been unveiled at Halifax High School in memory of a former pupil who died from cancer.

Ali Raja’s mum Dorina and sister Rabja, who also attends the school, were presented with the plaque, which will be placed on a bench in the school grounds.

Mrs Raja said: “I’m a very proud mum. I think he’d be very proud too - I’m very happy.

“He was a popular boy and hopefully this will help people remember him and make people realise they have to live their life to the full.

“It’s fantastic that the school have remembered my son in this way - they are like a big family.

“We’ve had a lot of support from them and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the school for their help.”

Students and staff at the school have been fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Ali, who died earlier this year aged 17.

He was cared for and supported by the Trust’s unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

As well as a staff donation of £100, students have made money through bake sales and selling wristbands, bringing the total raised so far to £250.

The school plans to increase this amount through a series of further fundraising activities.

Sinead Jefferson, Ali’s Head of House at Halifax High, said: “Ali Raja was a brilliant, happy and caring young man.

“Ali was always smiling and had time to say hello to everyone.

“He was a real role model for the younger students.

“In spite of having to deal with his cancer, Ali never allowed this to be used as an excuse not to try to do his very best.

“He was a true inspiration and will be missed equally by staff and students.”

 

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