Major support for Jessica’s charity

Year 8 pupil Elena Walker, who ran a mile to raise money, hands over a cheque on behalf of Cramlington Learning Village to Jessica Robsons mum Julie.
Year 8 pupil Elena Walker, who ran a mile to raise money, hands over a cheque on behalf of Cramlington Learning Village to Jessica Robsons mum Julie.

A school has now raised more than £5,000 in memory of a treasured former student.

Jessica Robson was only 18 when she died nearly two years ago from an extremely rare form of cancer.

She had started her own initiative (Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness) and used social media to raise funds and help other seriously ill youngsters.

The charity has been continued by her sister Nicole and parents Trevor and Julie, whose fund-raising efforts have been supported by individuals, local businesses and Cramlington Learning Village.

Its students have run, walked and cycled, baked and sold cakes and made donations through non-uniform days and sponsored silences.

Julie, who accepted a cheque on behalf of the charity after the latest fund-raising efforts, said: “The school has been fantastic.

“The students and staff have really helped us carry on the work Jessica started.”

As a result, the Robsons’ dream of providing respite breaks for sick teenagers and their families is getting closer.

They have now identified a site in Northumberland where they plan to build a lodge, using money raised by the charity and some of the proceeds from the sale of their home.

Cramlington Learning Village Year 11 learning manager, Dave Paterson, said: “Jessica battled through every school day with a smile on her face. She is an inspiration, not just to students who were there at the time but even students now who didn’t know her.

“She’s never far from your thoughts because of the type of girl she was.”