A Moving Message of Thanks – Edward The Elder School- Wednesfield.

Councillor Phil Bateman said today. “I received this tremendous message of love and support from one of my constituents.

Leanne asked me if I would reprint this message from her family, following the heart rendering and tragic death of her nephew Ryan. I am honoured that I have been asked to place this wonderful message about one of our schools here in Wolverhampton,  Edward the Elder on my web pages and social media sites.

It’s a moving message, and the family wants the staff at Edward the Elder and all of us in our community, to recognise how sympathetic and professional they have been in rallying the whole school, and yet finding time to support a grieving family.

Read Leanne Morrison’s note and share with others in our community.”

 “My 11 year old nephew died suddenly on July 31st, he had just finished his last year at Edward the Elder Primary School on Moat House Lane Wednesfield. I just wanted to feedback how fantastic all the staff at the school have been not only with my family at this really hard time, but with all the children that go to the school and the year 7 children that left at the same time as our Ryan.

I think schools are soon jumped on when they do something wrong but rarely congratulated when they do things above and beyond.

ryanThe school puts on a summer club on the middle 4 weeks of the 6 weeks holiday and our Ryan died just as they were about to start, not only did the teachers come in on their holidays to talk and be with the kids they also made sure there were counsellors there for any of the kids that needed that support.

The teachers and counsellors were there for all the days that the school was open with the summer club. They also all came to Ryan’s funeral offering extra support to our family and some staff even getting up and saying some amazing words about our Ryan.

Then after the school reopened the teachers and counsellors were there again, not only for my two boys who were struggling but all the kids in the school. A few weeks ago me, Ryan’s mom and dad, were invited into the school to spend the day with the teachers and children to remember Ryan. They arranged for the vicar to come in and say a few words, we had a football tournament and wrote cards and released balloons for Ryan.

It was an emotional but wonderful day that we will treasure forever.

I’m, so proud that my boys go to such a wonderful school with amazing staff and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all their support when our world fell apart… thanks Leanne Morrison.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more