JAMES Shone, founder of the charity I Can & I Am, popped into King’s Ely on January 15th to work with some of our Senior students.

I Can & I Am works to inspire confidence in every individual and enable them to get to know who they really and what they are able to do, rather than focussing on what they can’t.

Following a sixteen year career in several boarding schools and being a housemaster for twelve of those years, James was appointed as headmaster to Monkton Prep School in 2012.

During his medical assessment, a brain tumour was discovered. Over the coming months, James underwent two massive operations spending 11 weeks in hospital; the operations saved his life but took most of his sight. Further to this, James had to relinquish a dream job, undergo radiotherapy and then set off into a new future without employment or buoyant health.

James is a man who embodies a positive attitude to life and a determination to turn setbacks into springboards. As a housemaster, this was at the heart of his pastoral message but it is now fundamentally important that he lives this message out every day himself as well as sharing it with a wider audience.

To discover more about the charity, visit: www.icanandiam.com

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