Pupils get think­ing caps on for char­ity

School chil­dren get into the spirit of vil­lage’s big day of fundrais­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The cam­paign, led by Prest­wood char­ity The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund, gained the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses such as Sains­bury’s, the Co-ops, Zo­ran’s the Bak­ery and The Che­quers Tree.

The busi­nesses are col­lect­ing do­na­tions for the char­ity by ask­ing their cus­tomers to guess the name of their teddy bears dur­ing the day (to­day, Fe­bru­ary 15) and the win­ners will be an­nounced the fol­low­ing day.

An­other sup­porter of the char­ity is Prest­wood In­fant and Ju­nior schools, who ran their an­nual Caps 4 Kids cam­paign last Fri­day, which saw pupils wear hats to school in ex­change for a small do­na­tion.

Elaine Ball, a chair­per­son of The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund, said this an­nual event brings the com­mu­nity to­gether for a fan­tas­tic cause.

“It’s an in­ter­na­tional act of unity to raise aware­ness of child­hood can­cer,” Elaine said.

“The hope is that one day we will find a cure, but in the mean­time, we are cam­paign­ing so ev­ery child, no mat­ter where they live in the world, should re­ceive the best avail­able treat­ment.

“The money do­nated from this event will be used to fur­ther child­hood can­cer re­search. It’s bril­liant that the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions have been so sup­port­ive and guess­ing the name of the teddy bears will be some­thing for the kids to do in half term.”

The Thomas Ball Chil­dren’s Can­cer Fund was set up in 1999 af­ter young Prest­wood res­i­dent Thomas Ball, then aged nine, com­pleted 21 months of treat­ment for neu­rob­las­toma – a very ag­gres­sive child­hood can­cer.

Thomas went to the Prest­wood schools as he grew up and was a huge part of the com­mu­nity un­til he died in June 2003, at just 14 years old.

The vil­lage’s an­nual events raise money for the char­ity which is named in his mem­ory.

Other busi­nesses sup­port­ing the char­ity with teddy bears are Su­san Col­lier Op­ti­cians, JNP Es­tate Agents and Prest­wood Cob­blers and Dry Clean­ers.

High-Qual­ity Light­ing in High Wycombe also of­fered their sup­port.

A cof­fee was also due to be held to­day be­tween 10am and noon at Mis­senden Abbey, to sup­port the char­ity in their ef­forts.

The event is free of charge, but do­na­tions to­wards the cam­paign are wel­comed.

Do­na­tions can also be made by tex­ting ICCD17 to 70070, fol­lowed by one of the com­pat­i­ble amounts – £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.

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