On behalf of the Anglo European School:
Tom Smith, one of our Upper Sixth students sadly passed away on Christmas Eve after a long battle with a rare form of cancer. Tom was in the Upper Sixth but, because of his illness, was re-taking the Lower Sixth.
Tom had been dealing with the cancer which was first diagnosed at the time of his GCSEs. Despite this he progressed into our Sixth Form to study A levels in Sociology, Travel and Tourism and PE and Spanish ab initio.
Throughout his illness Tom was supported by his family and a group of very close friends. We would like to pay tribute to the manner in which they have all responded at such a difficult time. Tom dealt with his illness with enormous dignity, bravery and calmness.
The thoughts of the “Anglo family” are with Tom’s mother and father, sister Emma and twin brother Matt. They have set up a website in Tom’s memory. The website encourages his friends and others to share their thoughts and photographs as well as to donate to the family’s chosen charity, Sarcoma UK. The site can be accessed on http://tom.smith.1998-2015.muchloved.com
Such events challenge us all and it is often helpful to talk through what it means. Thankfully they are rare events, but provide us with opportunities to reflect on our own lives and become stronger for it.