Staff and students from Coleg Cambria are celebrating after raising over £90K for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Representatives from across the college’s six sites came together at a special celebration last weekend where they were able to hand over a staggering £90,101.59 which they have raised over the last academic year for their chosen charity of the year, Teenage Cancer Trust.
The amazing total beats the college’s previous fundraising records and amounts to a total of £500 being raised every day during the college term.
Every year Coleg Cambria adopts a charity of the year, for which students and staff pledge to raise funds for through many different activities. Over the last year a number of creative and physically challenging tasks taking place across all Coleg Cambria sites including marathons, hiking challenges, gruelling bike rides, bake-offs, gigs, family days, a zip wire challenge and many more.
A cheque for £90,101.59 was presented to Teenage Cancer Trust by Coleg Cambria Chief Executive and Principal, David Jones on behalf of all those who have contributed to the fundraising activities. He thanked staff and students for raising such a magnificent sum over the last year: “I am very impressed by, and proud of the generosity of our students and staff, who freely give their time, money and commitment to raise increasingly large sums of money for charity,” he said.
“At Coleg Cambria we aim to provide more than just education and training; we encourage students to become true citizens who get involved in their local community and help others. By taking part in fundraising activities, students gain new skills and increase their self-confidence. Working closely with Teenage Cancer Trust this year has also enabled us to raise awareness of the issue of cancer in young people with our students
“The amount raised again this year is truly amazing. It highlights the huge effort that our students and staff put into the causes we adopt”.
Vanessa Simmons, Regional Fundraising Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust said: “We have really enjoyed working with Coleg Cambria over the past year, and it was really emotional when we found out just how much has been raised.
“The staff and students have done so much to organise a really impressive range of events for us and it’s been brilliant to be involved in this special partnership. We rely on voluntary donations from the local community to ensure young people with cancer and their families can access the best possible care and support, and the money from Coleg Cambria will have a huge impact in helping us to deliver this.”
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.
Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. Teenage Cancer Trust wants every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.
Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to help improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. Cancer in young people is rare but Teenage Cancer Trust wants young people to know the common signs so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.