Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds: County Upper School sixth form play raises cash in memory of Gareth Barham

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:54 15 January 2014

Gareth Barham at his graduation.

Gareth Barham at his graduation.

Contributed

A young man who died on Boxing Day has not been forgotten by his former Bury St Edmunds school.

The County Upper School sixth form play, Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, raised £200 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Gareth Barham.

Gareth, 24, had a heart transplant nine years ago, but his new heart was failing and he passed away at the critical care unit of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on December 26.

Gareth’s father, The Reverend Peter Barham, who had been a Canon at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, said his son was not born with a heart condition, but had developed dilated cardiomyopathy – which causes the heart to become weakened and enlarged.

County Upper School headteacher Vicky Neale said: “Gareth, and his siblings Hannah and Harry, made a huge contribution to our extensive music and drama programme whilst they were here and so it is entirely fitting that our donation to the British Heart Foundation in Gareth’s memory should have come from the proceeds of our sixth form play.

“Gareth had his heart transplant when he was a year 10 student here and the school sent several thousand pounds to Great Ormond Street Hospital from that year’s charity fundraising reflecting the high esteem in which he was held and our affection for him. Popular and impressive before his illness, the way he coped with it was an example to us all and many staff remember him well.

“Whilst it is tragic that someone with so much to look forward to should die so young, we are pleased that he enjoyed nine such positive and happy years after his transplant and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

After Gareth completed his schooling at County Upper, the family moved to Ponteland, near Newcastle.

The Rev Barham said Gareth had achieved much since his transplant.

“The nine years were not dominated by hospitals. He had nine years in which to grow up and achieve so many other things.”

Gareth graduated from Newcastle College with a foundation degree in computer gaming and he had moved into his own home.

The Rev Barham, who was touched by the affection people in Bury still have for Gareth, said: “How grateful we are to the donor and the support of people on the donor register.”

To become an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 1232323.

0 comments

Sheltering in the Houses of Parliament, a Suffolk butcher has revealed how for the second time he found himself stuck in London as terrorists struck the capital city.

The whole of Sudbury owes a “debt of gratitude” to Roger Green for his efforts improving St Peter’s Church in Sudbury, Peter Gray said.

James Cleverly paid an emotional tribute to his friend PC Keith Palmer who was killed in the grounds of Houses of Parliament and made a call for posthumous recognition.

Ipswich Witches open their 2017 speedway season on Saturday night.

Ipswich mayor Roger Fern has sent a message of support to his opposite number in London to express the council’s condolences after Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Westminster.

Pupils from Whitton Community Primary School have been out in Ipswich selling Indian recipe cards - with a packet of spices to add a kick to the dish.

“We are not afraid, our hearts are with you”. This was the simple message next to flowers by the police cordon which sealed off the vast crime scene which Westminster has become.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24