Today I am writing a very personal post, and something I have seen happen before and will no doubt see again and again.
Throughout schools all over the UK, teenagers are celebrating the end of their school year, the end of their exams and looking forward to the school Prom.
This is their chance to say goodbye to a lot of friends as they all move on to their next adventure, it is a time to be happy, to have fun. This is unless you have been unfortunate to suffer with a chronic illness, forcing you to miss school, even though you have been struggling so hard, harder than any of your school friends you get punished.
This is the story of an amazing Mother and Daughter, I am urging you all to read this and share, this is something that needs to be addressed.
Saffron attended Stowmarket High School, she used to love school and was a bright and active pupil until chronic illness took this away from her. Despite this Saffron was looking forward to attending her school prom, this is something that has kept her going, given her a focus and something to look forward to.
Her school has now said no, why have they said no, because they are punishing her for having a chronic illness, as if she has chosen to be so ill, chosen to miss out on her life. Punishing her worse than if she had been playing truant.
Saffrons Mum set up a petition, to show the school which you can find here, thinking it would get a hundred or so signatures to show the school. The petition now has over 42000 signatures.
The hotel said she could go, but have now said she can not go.
This is heartbreaking, any child living with a chronic illness, would do anything to be ‘normal’ to live a normal life and go to school, go out with friends, but because they are not, they get punished for something they have no control over.
This is something I have seen in previous years, and unless we make a stand this is something that is going to continue, our children are not stupid, they know if they are well enough to attend, their illness does not make them a health hazard.
PLEASE GIVE THEM SOME NORMALITY
Can I Please ask you all to sign the petition and share as widely as you can, for Saffron, for C when she is older and for every other children going through and facing this in the future.
Thank you xx
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