A Tribute to Will Rutt (B2012-19)
26 February 2021
It is with great sadness that we share news about the death of twenty year old Will Rutt (B2012-19). In October last year the Aldenham community rallied to support the fundraising effort being made by Will's parents, Simon and Joanne Rutt for Will to undergo what they hoped would be lifesaving treatment overseas for his advanced cancer. Unfortunately, despite this amazing generosity, which meant that a six figure sum was raised, Will lost his battle with the disease and died on Sunday 21 February.Will Rutt was a pupil at Aldenham from 2012 – 2019 through Martineau’s and Beevor’s House. A dedicated and highly popular student Will suffered a rare form of aggressive cancer during his GCSE’s in Year 11 which required intense chemotherapy to treat and he had to spend a lot of time away from School. He returned in Year 12, in remission, and worked hard throughout the Sixth Form to achieve his A Level goals whilst maintaining the standards and community spirit of an Aldenhamian. Will gave an emotional talk in Chapel to the whole School about his experiences, focused on the positive attitude and approach that helped him overcome such an enormous mental and physical challenge. Unfortunately, Will’s cancer returned just before his A Level exams with a similar impact on his education and he was forced back into treatment in his final year. After leaving School, Will made plans for his future, but was never able to defeat the cancer. Despite seeking out and undergoing experimental therapy treatment to try and deal with the illness in late 2020, Will’s condition declined recently, and he passed away peacefully.Will was a remarkable young man and because we had an opportunity to share in supporting his treatment, his loss is felt particularly acutely by the whole Aldenham community. A Chapel service is available below, which reflects on Will's life and death. Will’s courageous battle with his illness and his willingness to share that fight with us makes his loss especially painful, but he and his family felt pleased to have been supported by his school, in turn we can feel proud that Will was so much part of our Aldenham community and will treasure his memory for ever. RIP James James-Crook, OA Society President writes:On behalf of OA Society members worldwide, we send our sincerest condolences to Will’s parents, Simon and Joanne Rutt, and all his family at this saddest of times. Will was such a brave young man whose life ahead of him has been so cruelly snatched away. His positive attitude to life made him a shining example of encouragement for us all. His name will live on and he will be remembered.