Tributes have been paid to a “popular student” who sadly passed away recently. Oakley Wright, who was a Year 11 student at Cheadle Academy, passed away on Thursday, April 30.
Tributes have been paid to a “popular student” who sadly passed away recently.
Oakley Wright, who was a Year 11 student at Cheadle Academy, passed away on Thursday, April 30.
Cheadle Academy Principal, Neil Jamieson, said: “As we live through what can only currently be described as the strangest of times, sometimes things happen which stops us all in our tracks and brings a community together to support one of their own.
“It is with great sadness that Oakley Wright, a Year 11 student at The Cheadle Academy, sadly passed away on April 30.
“Oakley was a hugely popular student, adored and admired by his many friends, family members, sports associates, neighbours, teachers and everyone who had the fortune to come across him.
“His smile brought the best out in many. He was a caring student and we will miss him greatly.
“Oakley was known for his sporting ability and along with his parents, Jenny and Mark Dalkins, who are also well-known local athletes, was an enthusiastic member of Cheadle Running Club.
“Whilst speaking to Jenny and Mark last week they were keen for me to pass on their heartfelt thanks to everyone for the tremendous love and support they have received at this painfully sad time.
“All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time and when school’s return to a degree of normality, we will say goodbye to Oakley as a community back together.”
Mr Edwards, who taught Oakley for PE, said: “He was a keen sportsman and he proudly represented the academy on numerous occasions.
“He loved his sporting life at the academy; he could put his hand to anything asked of him.
“Oakley’s dedication and commitment for his love of sport saw him proudly represent the academy, most notably in his long distance running and football.”
Mia Hullah and Morgan Hughes, who are Head Girl and Head Boy at Cheadle Academy, said in a joint statement: “This devastating news has had a massive impact on his classmates, friends and family.
“Oakley was an inspiration to many; he would brighten up everyone’s day with his infectious smile.
“I know that we speak on behalf of the Class of 2020, and for everyone who knew Oakley, that he will truly be missed.
“He had such an impact on the people around him. He supported everyone that he could; so in return, one of our students at The Cheadle Academy has set up a fundraiser in memory of him.
“The community have come together and have raised a great sum of money.
“We are grateful for the amount of support that his family have received during this time.
“Oakley is a true hero and the memories that he has made with other people will stay with them forever.
“We will always be thinking of you Oakley. Rest easy.”
Oakley’s form tutor, Victoria Wilkinson, said: “Oakley always made me smile during tutor periods in the morning, mainly because he had the most infectious smile.
“Every morning, the pockets of Oakley’s blazer would be bursting with sweets; he would happily share these with his classmates.
“Even though eating in class is not allowed, his cheeky smile and unbridled generosity meant that he invariably got away with it.
“Oakley was adored by many of his friends, and rightly so, because he was just such a nice and kind individual.”
As of yesterday (Tuesday, May 12), the fundraising page https://www.gofundme.com/f/run-for-oakley had hit just over £5,800.
Oakley’s funeral will be taking place on Monday, May 18 at midday at Cheadle Cemetery. Due to the current social distancing restrictions, and to save having any crowding in the cemetery, there will be a ‘Farewell Journey’ for Oakley from his family’s house through Cheadle, including going past his school in Station Road.
Here is a map which has been drawn out by Oakley’s mum Jenny, showing the route for Oakley’s Farewell Journey.
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