Pals rally round to help Trawden pupil

Trawden Forest Primary School pupils dress up in their bright colours as part of Nystagmus Awareness Day.
Trawden Forest Primary School pupils dress up in their bright colours as part of Nystagmus Awareness Day.

Kind-hearted youngsters from a Trawden primary school have pulled together to help raise awareness of a pupil’s complex eye condition.

The children from Trawden Forest Primary School swopped uniforms for brightly coloured clothing in a bid to highlight Nystagmus Awareness Day for Reception pupil Max Thompson (4).

Nystagmus is a condition of involuntary eye movement, acquired in infancy or later in life, that may result in reduced or limited vision. Every year hundreds of children are born with the condition, and most people with nystagmus face difficulties in everyday life.

Throughout the awareness day at the Dean Street school, the youngsters were educated about the daily impact of nystagmus and younger pupils were read a story about a teddy bear with the condition.

They also brought in £1 for the non-uniform day, raising £118 for The Nystagmus Network.

Among those highlighting the condition on the day were two of Max’s brothers - Louie and Alfie. Reception teacher Sarah Nicholls said: “It was a real success. This was about making the children aware of Max’s condition and helping to raise funds. We did an assembly and Max came and stood at the front.

“We thought it was lovely of Max’s mum Sarah to approach the school - she brought in all the balloons and is absolutely fantastic. We are going to be adopting it as a school charity and will be holding an awareness event every year.”