School sound box dedicated to brave Alex

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A plaque has been unveiled at Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy in memory of inspirational student Alex Read who lost his life to cancer.

Alex, 14, died in March 2014 after a 15-month battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.

During his illness he was honoured for his bravery and met Prince Harry at an awards ceremony. Alex spent much of his time in the sound box in the school hall, which houses the controls for the stage lighting and sound.

His friends and form group decided that a fitting tribute to Alex would be to dedicate the sound box to him and a plaque was unveiled during an act of worship at the academy.

Alex’s family, including his mum Shirley and dad Glen, attended the event along with his friends, students and staff.

Mr and Mrs Read, of Ilkeston, said they thought the idea was a fitting tribute to Alex.

Mr Read said: “He was always in the sound box and he was very into his technology and that definitely would have been the kind of career that he wanted to pursue.”

Joan McCarthy, headteacher, said ‘Alex was a wonderful young man who lived a short but fulfilling life’.

He said: “He was a talented musician, joker and a model student and was a member of the sound and lighting crew, so it seemed appropriate to remember him in the place where he gave so much service to the academy. We wanted his memory to be honoured in a way that was positive and uplifting.”

Mr and Mrs Read and daughter Eleanor are fund-raising for the Bone Cancer Research Trust and raised £1,500 at a recent garden party.