Pirate ship 'launched' at Falmouth's St Francis school in memory of Chloe Edwards
ST FRANCIS Day will be remembered at one Falmouth school as the 'launch' date for The Good Ship Chloe, which will forever remind children of the "great sense of fun, adventure and imagination" of a pupil who died last year.
All 400 children from St Francis Primary School – dressed as pirates and princesses – joined with teachers to remember Chloe Edwards, who died from cancer, aged 8.
On Friday, Chloe's mum Nicky Edwards named the new £20,000 play equipment and cut the ribbon before testing out the new slide and declaring the pirate ship open.
Year 6 pupils then each released a blue balloon with a special message for their classmate.
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The idea of a 'pirate ship for a princess' fundraising campaign came from Chloe's love of playing pirates with her friends.
The eight-year-old died in December in a German hospital where she had been undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma – a rare cancer that affects about 100 children each year in the UK.
The money was raised by a committee of teachers and pupils – led by teacher Nicky Sutton – through a series of community events.
"We would like to thank all of the people in the community who have donated, supported and helped in one way or another and through the papers and we would like to invite them at any point to come and see it for themselves," said Ms Sutton.
A special plaque with Chloe's photograph and hand prints from all the children in Year 6, alongside those of Chloe's mum and Ms Sutton, has been mounted on the side of the ship.
"This is to remind all of the children at St Francis now, and any that join in the future, of Chloe's great sense of fun, adventure and imagination as they play on it," added Ms Sutton.