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University supports student with cancer by raising funds for Teenage Cancer Trust

Posted on 11 April 2017

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Students at Leeds Trinity University have raised nearly £500 for Teenage Cancer Trust, in support of 20 year old student George Rothwell, who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

George, who was in the second year of a Physical Education and Sports Coaching degree, permanently withdrew from his studies in January to undertake chemotherapy treatment, which he has now finished.

Currently living in Derby with his parents, he feels honoured that staff and students raised money for the charity as a sign of support for his condition. He said: "Teenage Cancer Trust have been incredible for me. They provided me with an amazing ward at Nottingham City Hospital with brilliant facilities including my own room, just to make the experience as bearable as possible. The money raised will be used to make sure every young person like me, who has been diagnosed with cancer, can be taken to a facility like the one I was at, to make it easier for them during their treatment.

"From the moment I was diagnosed, Leeds Trinity University has been extremely helpful with me having to unfortunately finish my studies. They have been in regular contact with me to see how I am getting on and it's very meaningful to know that they are thinking about me and my treatment."

A group of six students - Laura Purcell, Josh Standley, Macauley Watkinson, Ollie Payne, Zak Fluen and Georgina Parkinson - raised £217.12 with a cake sale last month, and the University raised £250 from a student survey, with £1 donated to a choice of three charities for every completed survey.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "Knowing that one of our students had been diagnosed with cancer affected a lot of staff and students across the University. We were keen to show our support for George and his family, and with the Students' Union, the National Student Survey provided us with the perfect opportunity to do this. Despite finishing his studies with us, I know our team have remained in contact with George and I wish him, and his family, all the best for the future."

Laura Purcell, a second year, Sport health and nutrition student, said: "We wanted to raise money for the teenage cancer trust having seen all the great work they have done towards helping George, our course mate, throughout his treatment. We wanted to raise some money and raise awareness of Teenage Cancer trust throughout the Uni, and thought what better way to get people involved than by a cake sale and raffle.

"We got loads of generous donations from local companies such as the Yorkshire cricket foundation, Oxygen Free Jumping and several local restaurants and bars to use as prizes in the raffle. We thought we might raise around £70 with the event, but when we added up all the donations, it was an amazing feeling knowing that we raised over £200 and could potentially help so many other young people going through the same things as what George is going through!  The teenage cancer trust truly is an amazing charity and the work they do is fantastic. I hope that the money we raised will help many other young people going through such a difficult time."

The total cheque for £467.12 was presented to Teenage Cancer Trust by students and Professor House on Tuesday 11 April.

Chloe Marsh, Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire and Humber at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: "We would like to say a big thank you to all the students and staff who have supported this fundraising. Every day in the UK around seven teenagers and young adults (aged 13 – 24) are diagnosed with cancer. Young people shouldn't face cancer alone and we're here to make sure they don't. The money raised by Leeds Trinity University could pay for 16 hours of care from a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse who knows what cancer really means to young people, and can provide thoughtful, sensitive, expert support."

For more information about Teenage Cancer Trust, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org