St Francis School Raffle Raises funds in memory of pupils’ brother

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

St Francis' Headmaster David Sibson presenting the cheque to Phoebe CoxSt Francis' Headmaster David Sibson presenting the cheque to Phoebe CoxSt Francis Headmaster David Sibson made a very special presentation this week to Year 6 pupil Phoebe Cox.  Phoebe accepted a cheque for £802 on behalf of The John Radcliffe Children’s hospital in Oxford, in memory of her brother Bobby who died in July 2014, age five.

Phoebe’s brother Bobby died just two weeks after being diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a form of brain tumour that affects children, usually under 10 years of age and is more common in boys.

Despite an operation and excellent care at the John Radcliffe Children’s hospital, Bobby was unable to fight against the rapid spread of his cancer.  At the time Bobby died, he was in Year 1 at Preshute Primary School and was just about to start at St Francis to join his sister Phoebe, who is now in Year 6.

The funds donated in Bobby’s memory are the proceeds from the school’s last Christmas Gift Fair raffle, which is organised by the school’s parental association The Friends of St Francis.

Headmaster, David Sibson, said “Every year the Friends of St Francis nominate and support a different charity and we are delighted that this time we are supporting the Cox family’s fundraising efforts and donating to The John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital in memory of Bobby.”

Bobby’s parents Harriet and Paul Cox, who both work at Marlborough College, have pledged to raise £20,000 for the children’s hospital to help improve the playroom on Robbins Ward, which is where Bobby was cared for.   They are organising Bobby’s Triathlon, a fundraising triathlon event in Marlborough on Sunday 28 May:  anyone wishing to donate or take part please visit: