Trophy in memory of Madison presented to her most determined school friend (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Trophy in memory of Madison presented to her most determined school friend
11:00am Saturday 21st July 2012 in News
A TROPHY and shield in memory of cancer battler Madison Allan have been presented to her most determined school friend.
Teachers at Lower Darwen Primary School decided to commission the award, which bares a butterfly design drawn by Madison, to be presented at the end of term assembly.
The winner was 11-year-old Zaid Punekar, who was chosen because he continued with his school work and activities without complaining, despite a stay in hospital.
Madison’s mum Samantha, 36, said: “It was such a lovely thing for the school to do, and it was especially nice to see it handed out for the first time.
“I was very emotional and was asked to help present the award, but I couldn’t do it. It was hard enough keeping myself together as it was.
“Zaid has not complained, just like Maddi. He has been pushing on and determined to do well. It was nice to see that Maddi’s name will be kept alive for some time.
“I also spoke to Maddi’s teacher Mrs Robinson, and she said they talk about Maddi all the time.”
She added: “It was also very sweet to see two girls set up a nail bar to raise money for Maddi’s Butterflies, which ran all day. Then, just as we were going, a yearsix boy came up to us and gave us a card with a cheque in it for £100 for the charity.
“He said it was left over money from the year six leaving do, and they wanted us to have it. It’s so sweet to think these children want to help in this way.”
Lucie Higham, mum of Stella Higham, 10, who organised the nail bar, said: “I am very proud of Stella and her friends.
“They organised it all off their own back and just wanted to raise as much money as they could for Maddi’s charity so it can help other children with the same dreadful disease.
“Stella was friends with Maddi, like many of the children were at the school, and were touched by her bravery. It’s great that the headteacher let them do it.”