Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 26°C

min temp: 19°C

ESTD 1874 Search

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

12:00 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

Ipswich Crown Court

A dishonest Ipswich man who was caught by police after his DNA was found at the scene of two break-ins and a theft has been jailed for 20 months.

And indicative perspective of what a new retirement homes on the 30 Lower Brook Street site, might look like.
Development plans are going out for consultation.
The site is currently Archant's newspaper offices.

A public exhibition will give local residents Ipswich residents the opportunity to view and comment on McCarthy and Stone’s preliminary proposals to redevelop land between Lower Brook Street and Turret Lane.

The Red Arrows were able to complete a shortened display at the Clacton Airshow.

For almost everyone it was the perfect summer day on the beach – blue skies immediately above, temperatures in the high 20s, warm sea water.

File picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Fire crews have been called to help a young pony that has become trapped in a ditch in Palgrave, on the Suffolk and Norfolk border.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suffolk Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing from Ipswich.

Large crowds at last year's Clacton Airshow. Low cloud has delayed the event this year

Plans have been forced to abort their displays at the Clacton Airshow today because of poor flying conditions.

Thomas Gainsborough GCSE 2016 group picture

Students at Great Cornard’s Thomas Gainsborough School, which had some of the most improved maths and English results in Suffolk, have spoken of their delight on GCSE results day.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24