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Summer Term Charity

Teenage Cancer Trust is this term's chosen charity...

Dear Parents

The nominated school charity for this term is Teenage Cancer Trust. The chances of contracting cancer have increased dramatically in the last few years and there are several cancer charities working hard to support sufferers of numerous forms of the disease. More than 2,000 young people aged 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year. Young people go through many changes at this time of their life with the pressure of relationships, exams, careers - dealing with a diagnosis of cancer can throw everything into chaos. The Teenage Cancer Trust was set up to offer support to young people with cancer. It operates 28 specialist units in hospitals across the UK. They are staffed by specialist nurses and other professionals, who know how to treat young people as an individual first and a cancer diagnosis second.

My nephew was diagnosed with cancer just as he started university. He was devastated but through his time spent in a specialist unit during his treatment, he remained positive. He met people of a similar age who he could share experiences with and was often involved in pizza, movie and games evenings at the hospital. Teenage Cancer Trust was very special to him when he was first diagnosed.

Sadly he passed away last year but Teenage Cancer Trust and their support helped maintain his positivity throughout his illness

Charities are particularly struggling with the current crisis as they rely on money raised by individuals and major events e.g. mass running events. As many of these have had to be cancelled or postponed this year, many charities are struggling to fund their valuable work.

I have some ideas to get the children involved in some fund raising activities and I would appreciate all your help and encouragement in supporting such a worthy cause.

I was due to run the London Marathon to raise money for the charity, but my injury earlier in the year ruined my chances.

As an alternative, I have signed up for the More than a Marathon Challenge which entails walking/running at least 1 mile every day for 28 days in May (28 to represent the specialist units). The main event has been postponed until September (to avoid any mass participation) but the page has been left open. Please follow the link  https://mtam2020.everydayhero.com/uk/gail.  I have set up a St Christopher's team so any children or adults that want to join me and raise their own funds are more than welcome. You could even make up your own challenge eg 15 minute Joe Wicks Workouts for 28 days, 5000 steps every day for 28 days

Please email me at gailarnott@stchristophersthehall.org.uk so that I can officially invite you to the team.

We may not be able to raise as much money as Captain Tom Moore but we can give it our best shot!!

Regards

Gail Arnott (Year 4 Teacher)