Joseph Edwards - 1988 – 2005
Joseph, known as Joe, was a pupil at Shoreham College from 2001 to 2005. During his last two years at the College, he inspired all who were fortunate to know him as he battled through inoperable cancer to study and sit his GCSE exams, some of which he took from his hospital bed. Joe was able to attend the Leaver’s Ball in July 2005 but sadly, lost his brave battle in November that year. His funeral was attended by a large number of former classmates, who wore their old school ties, on what was an emotional occasion. Ms Rawlings, Joe’s form tutor, read a very moving tribute to Joe following the funeral.
The Parents’ Association decided to organise a sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, in memory of Joe and this event has taken place every year since. The Parents’ Association also kindly donated a tree to be planted in Joe’s memory. This was planted in July 2006 by a group of Joe’s friends plus Ms Rawlings and the tree is currently flourishing in the school grounds.