A seriously ill woman's bid to have life-saving surgery has been boosted by her former school.

The Halloween fundraiser involving the whole of Saint Felix School in Southwold took place on Monday and raised hundreds of pounds for Jenny Rowbory's fight.

Mrs Rowbory, who attended the school from 1998 until 2002, became seriously ill aged 18 during her first term at Bristol University after leaving the Suffolk school.


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She was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS); a genetic disorder that causes her to produce faulty collagen.

Mrs Rowbory has tried several types of treatment over the years, but none have been successful.

A failed operation two years ago meant that Mrs Rowbory's situation deteriorated. 

She has been bedbound for more than 15 years.

Pupils were given special talks in their school assemblies by headmaster James Harrison, and former staff member Justine Ashford about Mrs Rowbory and her family’s fight to to raise funds for the life-changing operation.

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Activities included fancy dress in Halloween costumes and a bake sale by young pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 in their break time.

Mr Harrison said: “We wish Jenny and her family every success with their campaign.

"I continue to be very proud of the Saint Felix School community.

"The children were inspired when they heard about Jenny’s plight and responded with enthusiasm and an increased awareness of the need to help others.”

The school chose Mrs Rowbory's appeal as one of their charities for fundraising, led by senior pupils on the school's council this year.

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Mrs Ashford introduced the pupils to “Jenny the Giraffe” – an eye-catching campaign mascot that will be used by pupils to draw attention to the campaign.

The Giraffe will remain at Saint Felix ready for pupils to use to spread the word.

The Giraffe has travelled up mount Snowdon, appeared on patrol with RNLI Lifeguards, and starred on the BBC stage at Latitude Festival in July.

Mrs Ashford said: “Do something eye-catching - you never know what will happen.

"Every tagged photograph of the giraffe will help to raise awareness and encourage donations towards Jenny’s campaign.”

To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/savejenny.

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