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Craigavon school in new world record attempt in memory of Year 8 pupil who passed away suddenly

Pupils from Lismore Comprehensive School in Craigavon during their world record attempt yesterday. Picture by Hugh Russell
Marie Louise McConville

A CO Armagh secondary school will have to wait 12 weeks to find out if it has set a new world record in memory of a classmate who passed away suddenly.

Pupils and staff from Lismore Comprehensive School in Craigavon came together yesterday to try to form the largest human Pi symbol.

The effort was in memory of 11-year-old Maddy-Leigh Harbinson, who died last month.

The year 8 pupil died after unknowingly developing Type 1 diabetes that resulted in multiple organ failure.

School principal Fiona Kane said the death had a "devastating impact on our whole school community".

As a result, Ms Kane said Maddy-Leigh's school mates wanted to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and fundraise for Diabetes UK NI.

The school yesterday attempted to set a new world record by forming the largest human Pi symbol. The current record is 847 people.

Yesterday, 1,170 students and staff, including office and canteen staff, came together to form their own Pi symbol but must now wait 12 weeks to find out if they set a new world record.

Ms Kane said yesterday's world record attempt was "just amazing".

"Everybody had an individual number. It was planned to a tee. The Pi symbol had been drawn out in chalk in advance and the maths department had worked out the whole ratio to make sure everybody fitted into it.

"It was such an inclusive event. We had all of the children, including our learning support centre and all of our staff including dinner ladies and office staff.

"The atmosphere was fantastic. Everybody was in great form. Diabeties UK NI were here and provided some t-shirts for Maddy-Leigh's classmates. We have raised over £1,000. The children were asked to bring in £1 to take part".

Anyone wishing to donate to Diabetes UK NI, can do so by visiting Lismore Comprehensive School.

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