Pupils remember tragic schoolmate

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

Schoolmates of a young Wigan boy who died from cancer have raised money in his memory.

Logan Gallagher is a much missed pupil of Scholes St Catherine’s CE Primary which is hoping to create a seating area in its grounds where friends can remember him.

Logan's friends Harley, Regan and Jamie with a giant fish made up of 'friendship scales' relating to Logan

Logan's friends Harley, Regan and Jamie with a giant fish made up of 'friendship scales' relating to Logan

They held a non-uniform day along with a host 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 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 he would then be able to have a bone marrow transplant to stop the cancer coming back.

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

Headteacher Nicola Goulding

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. And now his school has paid further tribute.

Headteacher Nicola Goulding, said: “The enrichment day centred on 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.

“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.”