Ebrill 2005 April


Anna Culshaw

We are sure you are all aware by now that Anna has been unwell for a couple of months. After suffering a severe nosebleed she was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow problem, caused by a chromosome disorder called Monosomey 7, which has left her bone marrow not producing blood cells.

As her blood cells continue to drop she will require blood transfusions to keep her topped up. And despite a few nose bleeds Anna remains quite well, although her condition will become more severe as time goes by. The only cure for Anna is a bone marrow transplant and Alder Hey Hospital is searching for a donor with a matching bone marrow to Anna.

All this as you can imagine has devastated us, but we remain hopeful of a positive outcome. The response we have had from friends and family has been fantastic. Anna has had so many cards and presents, some from people we don’t even know, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

Many people have offered to help in so many different ways, which we really appreciate, but the biggest and best way anyone can help Anna is to join the bone marrow register. This is important because one more person on the register is one more chance Anna has and one more chance for other children trying to find a match.

Nolan Trust

Everyone between the age of 18 and 40 can go on the register and all it takes is a small blood test.

The Anthony Nolan Trust has very kindly arranged a recruitment session at Anna’s school Ysgol Caer Drewyn Corwen on Monday 18th April between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Please please try and attend. It will make a difference and a thimble of blood is surely a small price to pay to find a match.

Anna’s consultant Dr Russell Keenan has said there is a good chance of finding a match in this area.

You can also register on the Blood Transfusion Service register by calling 0800 252266.

Many Thanks, Eddie, Sian, Joe and, of course, Anna.

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‘I should like to thank everyone who was so kind as to ask after me, send cards and best wishes whilst I was in hospital.’.

Beryl Hindley.

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The Board of Governors has been informed that DCC representatives would like to visit the school on 24th May to meet with teachers, governors, parents and community members.

While we are pleased that we will have this opportunity to show off our school and its community, issues remain about the consultation process itself.

In the meantime, the Board are working towards the specific goals of:
• promoting the school (developing a new prospectus and updating the official school web site)
• identifying the school’s strengths and weaknesses as perceived by parents
• investigating the impact of becoming bilingual
• addressing communication issues.

Carrog School Action Committee The Carrog School Action Committee has been extremely busy, generating ideas and putting specific plans into action (you should have received the minutes of the first meeting with this issue of Y Bont).

The committee has also linked up with representatives from other schools threatened with closure to form the Denbighshire Schools’ Forum - a group with the mission of acting as ďa buffer between Councils and Schools and to set an agenda for solving the Council’s problems’.

The next meeting of the Carrog School Action Committee will be on Tuesday 12th April at 7 p.m., and everyone is welcome.

If you can’t get to the meeting, stay informed via the Action Committee web site - log on to and watch the campaign grow!

Seen the web site? Get the T-shirt!


Dr Sarah Smith.
Chair of the Board of Governors of Ysgol Carrog

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