A HELENSBURGH primary school held a special assembly recently to celebrate two of its young pupils being cancer free.

Staff and children at Hermitage Primary organised a childhood cancer awareness day on Friday, September 20 in honour of P3 pupil William Young and P2 pupil Alexis Murray.

As of September, William has been free of cancer for a full year, while Alexis has been all clear for three years.

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The youngsters and their classmates celebrated by bringing in a donation and wearing casual clothes with a bit of yellow to support the Les Hoey Dream Maker Foundation charity, raising £584.35.

The charity’s mascot Mr Whizz also joined the special assembly as pupils heard all about the organisation’s work taking sick children on fun outings.

Brave pupils William and Alexis told everyone about their visits to see Santa in Lapland and a family trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park.

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They also shared some of their recovery journey with the school, showing off their beads of courage which they both received after every treatment session.

Head teacher Elspeth Davis said: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate the courage and bravery of these two special pupils and to share their families’ joy in the knowledge that they are now cancer free.

“All of our pupils enjoyed the day, particularly meeting Mr Whizz and the representative from the Les Hoey Dream Maker Foundation.”

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The pupils of Hermitage also had another visitor back from his summer holiday in Glasgow.

Patch, the decorated Oor Wullie statue from the Oor Wullie Trail, returned to the school to take part in the celebrations.

Patch was made last year by William and the rest of his class and had spent the summer in Princes Square.

Thanks to P7 pupils Isla Agostinelli and Alice Cummings.