Plucky Wigan schoolgirl who survived cancer is back in class

A brave youngster who overcame cancer has returned to the classroom, after months of shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 7:00 am

Eight-year-old Victoria Calland was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was just three and had treatment in both the UK and USA

She is now doing well, but has spent much of the pandemic shielding with her family, to protect both her and close relatives with health conditions.

But now Victoria, along with her 10-year-old brother Arthur, have returned to lessons at Mab’s Cross Primary School.

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Victoria Calland
Victoria Calland

They had been home-schooled since September, when their mother Jennifer became concerned that infection rates were rising.

Jennifer, who lives in Swinley, said: “For the time being, the children are in their own bubble, so it’s brother and sister with a dedicated TA in their own classroom. I couldn’t say no to that offer.”

She said they like being back at school after months at home.

“Victoria is really enjoying it,” she said. “She likes the TA that looks after them right now.

“Even though she is in her own bubble, so is so engaged and able to do more and see things.”

It is a big step for the family, who have spent much of the past year in their home and garden.

Jennifer compared the pandemic to Victoria having treatment, when they had short “lockdowns” if a friend or relative became ill and there was a big focus on washing hands and using hand sanitiser.

Fortunately this time Victoria is healthy and has been enjoying crafts, listening to music and playing computer game, as well as her return to school.

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