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School children raise funds in support of staff with cancer

Children from a York primary school have raised over £360 for the Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital in support of two members of staff who became ill with cancer.

The group of children, aged between 6 and 11 from St Lawrence Church of England primary school at Heslington, organised cake sales, a raffle, non-uniform days, music performances and plays raising a final total of £363.

Headteacher Jane Nellar said: “As a school we encourage children to think about others and get involved in fundraising projects. The children specifically wanted their funds to go to a cause that meant a lot and chose the Cancer Care Centre because they knew we had staff that had used the centre. They worked very hard all year and the whole school is very proud of them.”

The Cancer Care Centre provides information, support, complementary therapies and guidance for patients with cancer and their families. It offers a haven for patients who are recovering from procedures or undergoing treatment for cancer.

Jane Archer, Cancer Care Centre Manager at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Every penny raised goes to support people with cancer and their families. The centre offers counselling and advice, treatments such as reflexology and massage, and art therapy. We also have a tranquil garden where patients can relax.

“Donations such as these help us provide the extras that can mean a lot to people at some of the most challenging times of their lives. We’re very grateful to the children from St Lawrence – keep up the good work!”   

23 October 2015

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