Determination pays off

Lynn Grove Academy pupil, Violet Biggs, is celebrating a clutch of fantastic results, with 6 of her 10 GCSE results at Grade 8 and 9.  She had every reason to be especially proud of herself as this year she has overcome some exceptional challenges.  As a 7 year old, Violet suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and then was diagnosed with Long QT syndrome.  Violet was treated for the condition at Great Ormond Street Hospital with the implant of an internal defibrillator known as an ICD.

However, last September Violet found out that she was going to have to return to Great Ormond Street hospital for open heart surgery to replace her ICD and have a heart valve replaced.  A severe infection post operation resulted in Violet missing nearly all of the autumn term. 

After Christmas all schools reverted to remote learning which presented further challenges.  Undaunted, Violet applied herself with determination to remote lessons and really made the best of the streamed lessons from her Lynn Grove teachers.  It was this determination that led the excellent set of results.  Violet is looking forward to starting her A levels at East Norfolk Sixth Form College where she will be studying History, Politics and Law. When asked if she had any advice for her fellow pupils Violet said ‘Be determined, and you can achieve anything, even with other things getting in your way’.

Determination runs in the Biggs family.  A defibrillator saved Violet’s life, and since her diagnosis her mother Jane has become a campaigner for the expansion of the network of defibrillators. She is responsible for placing over 260 24:7 lifesaving Defibrillators in the local area.  Mrs Biggs has fund raised to make this happen with her charity shop Heart 2 Heart Norfolk at 155 Bells Road in Gorleston at the centre of this endeavour. Donations are always welcome.

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