Shielding siblings “so excited” to be back to school

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A brother and sister returned to the classroom this week after shielding for 14 months following their dad’s shock brain tumour diagnosis.

Amelia and William Priddy were reunited with classmates and teachers on Monday, having not been in school for more than a year. They have been home-schooled since December 2020 after their dad Greg was diagnosed with a rare high-grade primary brain CNS lymphoma (PCNSL).

Greg and wife Jo say they “couldn’t be prouder” of their children who have “coped amazingly well” whilst isolating at home to protect Greg from COVID-19. They added that they are also “extremely grateful” for the support they’ve had from staff at Magna Carta School in Staines, Surrey.

The siblings’ return to school was featured on ITV London and their story has been widely shared, including in The Sun, The Mirror and Metro.

Jo said: “The way in which Amelia and Will have embraced fundraising to help get them through this tough time, is so inspirational. They’ve also been a great support to one another – if Will has got stuck with some schoolwork, Amelia has stepped in to help. I’m amazed that there’ve been no rows at all!”

Avid supporters of Brain Tumour Research, the family embraced fundraising for the charity during their isolation. Will has raised more than £14,000 through his mile a day running challenge and Amelia took part in the 20 for 20 challenge, choreographing dances to songs chosen by people involved in her dad’s cancer journey.

To support William’s ongoing fundraising, please visit his JustGiving page here.

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