Ap­pren­tices smash fundrais­ing tar­get

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A TEAM of IT ap­pren­tices from As­tra Zeneca in Mac­cles­field are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter smash­ing their orig­i­nal tar­get of £10,000 and rais­ing over £14,300 for Teenage Cancer Trust dur­ing their char­ity partnership in 2015.

Dur­ing the partnership the team took to the skies in a tan­dem sky dive, dressed up in Santa suits as part of the Manch­ester Santa dash and be­came mas­ter bak­ers with nu­mer­ous cakes sales through­out the year rais­ing vi­tal funds for teenagers fac­ing a cancer di­ag­no­sis.

The team have now passed on the baton to the new group of re­cruits who hope to con­tinue the partnership as they launch their fundrais­ing cam­paign for 2016.

Vanessa Sim­mons, Teenage Cancer Trust Fundrais­ing Man­ager for the North West said: “It’s so won­der­ful to have the sup­port of the ap­pren­tices at As­tra Zeneca who have got be­hind their fundrais­ing cam­paign with en­thu­si­asm and a pas­sion.

“As a char­ity, we rely on do­na­tions and the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity through part­ner­ships like these to en­sure young peo­ple with cancer and their fam­i­lies have ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble care and sup­port. A huge thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Charley Denny from the Char­ity Com­mit­tee said: “We wanted to part­ner with a worth­while char­ity that res­onates with our age group and were de­lighted to sup­port Teenage Cancer Trust.

“It’s a great cause and we had so much fun over the 12 months tak­ing part in events we would never have con­tem­plated be­fore. We are de­lighted that the new co­hort of ap­pren­tices are con­tin­u­ing the partnership and will look with in­ter­est at what they achieve dur­ing 2016. 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.

Vanessa said: “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.”

The 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.

Visit www. teenage­can­certrust.org

●» As­sis­tant man­ager Kim Doughty at the Mil Street shop

●» The team of IT ap­pren­tices from As­tra Zeneca

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