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Brain Tumour Research is schools’ charity of the year

The eight Somerset schools of The Priory Learning Trust (TPLT) have chosen to support Brain Tumour Research as their official charity of the year.

It’s after a good friend of TPLT, Jim Murray, sadly died of a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in December 2020, aged 53. Jim left his wife Ally, three sons Callum, Simon and Richard, four grandchildren and close family friend, and unofficially adopted son Wayne, who, along with Jim’s children, set up a Fundraising Group called Canoeing for a Cure to help find a cure.

The schools involved in the year-long partnership are: Priory Community School Academy – where Jim was the community police officer for many years – Worle Community School Academy, The King Alfred School Academy, St Anne’s Church Academy, Castle Batch Primary School Academy, Pawlett Primary School Academy, West Huntspill Primary Academy and East Huntspill Primary Academy.

Last month, The King Alfred School Academy took part in its first fundraiser by releasing a cover version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? Future fundraising plans include non-uniform days and, when COVID-19 restrictions allow, more in-person events.

Neville Coles, CEO of TPLT, said: “Jim was a superb gentleman and community policeman. He is so incredibly missed by all of us. We are delighted to partner with Brain Tumour Research in his memory.”

TPLT is passionate about helping people, the community and its civic duty. In recent years schools across the trust have raised more than £130,000 for charities.

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