Pupils’ tributes to young cancer victim Logan

Logan Gallagher before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014
Logan Gallagher before he was diagnosed with cancer in 2014

Classmates of a little Wigan boy who died from cancer are to raise money in his memory.

Logan Gallagher is much missed and pupils of St Catherine’s CE Primary in Scholes are hoping to create a seating area outside the school where they can remember him.

Everyone loved Logan. He always had a smile on his face, never moaned about what life had dealt him and loved coming to school

Nicola Goulding

They are holding a non-uniform day on Friday along with a day of crafty enrichment activities aimed at paying for a bench if not two.

Logan, from Ince, was first diagnosed with B-cell leukaemia when he was just four years old but he responded to treatment and went into remission.

The youngster was able to return to school at St Catharine’s but then in June last year, a tumour was discovered on Logan’s lungs and he was diagnosed with T-cell leukaemia.

He was admitted to Manchester Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy after which it was hoped it would then be able to have a bone marrow transplant to stop the cancer coming back.

But despite going into remission again in September, Logan was never able to have the operation because a week before it was due to take place, it was discovered that the youngster had an inoperable brain tumour.

Logan’s family were told that this time the cancer was incurable but they had hoped they might be able to control the cancer and prolong his life.

But just two days before Christmas, Logan passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was aged just seven.

More than 350 people lined the streets for Logan’s funeral last month, many dressed in Superman hoodies.

Residents had raised thousands of pounds to help pay for his final journey.

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And now his school wants to pay further tribute.

Head of St Catherine’s, Nicola Goulding, said: “We are having an enrichment day around the theme of friendship. That has been our worship theme for the half term.

“Logan passed away in December and this friendship has helped the children deal with that.

“The culmination of all the work is on Friday when teachers and teaching assistants will be doing all kinds of activities with the children, much of it craft-related.

“We are also having a non-uniform day and are hoping that the money raised will pay for a friendship bench in memory of Logan.

“We wanted a bench rather than a plaque because we wanted something positive, then the children can sit and talk about him.

“It may be that we have a bench in each of our two playgrounds or perhaps a seating area.

“The children will have a say in all this later. Parents are invited to Friday’s events too.”

On Logan himself, Ms Goulding said: “He was just a friendly, caring boy.

“Everyone loved Logan. He always had a smile on his face, never moaned about what life had dealt him and loved coming to school.”

It is hoped that members of Logan’s family will be at the enrichment day.

And representatives of the school will two days earlier be guests of the Mayor of Wigan, Coun Ron Conway, at the town hall to talk about the commemoration to Logan.

Family have also been raising money for Derian House children’s hospice.