School gives Kidscan some ‘welly’ for charity walk
Wellington School in Timperley has launched its annual charity walk appeal, which this year will raise funds for children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan.
On 24 February, over 1,400 students from the school will undertake a 10 mile walk around the streets of Altrincham and Timperley. Now in its 19th year, the walk has generated over £350,000 since it first took place in 1999. Last year the school raised over £41,000 – the pupils are aiming to raise even more money in 2017 to help children with cancer to survive and thrive.
Stuart Beeley, Wellington School’s headteacher, commented: “We wanted to choose a charity that the children could relate to – Kidscan fits the bill perfectly. Its research is changing the lives of children with cancer, and this ground-breaking work is happening right now, just eight miles away from the school.”
Ged Carter, Director of Development, Kidscan, commented: “I don’t know of any other school in the country that manages to raise so much money from a single event, and we feel very lucky to be chosen by Wellington’s School Council.
“Even when their cancer has been treated successfully, children often face a lifetime of severe physical and mental side-effects. We won’t stand for this, and intend to find targeted treatments that ensure children affected by cancer live long, healthy lives. We receive no statutory funding, so every penny raised is vital in helping us achieve our goal.”
Money raised from the event will go towards Kidscan’s pioneering research into discovering new, targeted treatments for childhood cancers – treatments that are gentler for children’s bodies, reducing short and long term side effects. Kidscan has also invited students from Wellington School to visit Kidscan’s Salford laboratory to see this research in person.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the UK with around 1,600 children being diagnosed each year. Unfortunately 1 in 5 of these will not survive. Through ground breaking research, Kidscan is striving to change that, giving every child with cancer the treatment they need to survive and thrive.
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