Boost for teen cancer charity

STUDENTS have pledged to support fellow teenagers forced to fight cancer.

As part of a charity week at Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College, representatives of good causes across the region explained their work to students.

After listening to a variety of pitches, students voted to support the Teenage Cancer Trust for the next 12 months.

TyneMet’s director of learner services, Sam Haley, said: “The event was well attended by both staff and students, and we hope to repeat it each academic year.

“The voting process was organised by our student council, with the Teenage Cancer Trust receiving the most votes.

“We are delighted it has been adopted by the college as our chosen charity for the coming year.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust had already forged strong links with TyneMet after the college organised a competition to design a new logo for the charity’s north east board.

And now the charity is looking forward to working more closely with TyneMet to raise funds for youngsters fighting cancer across the region.

“Everyone on the board was very impressed by the event TyneMet organised to support the logo design,” said board member Simon Rushworth, of Tynemouth.

“We are delighted that the students have chosen to strengthen a relationship which offers so much potential for the future.

“It is fitting that the borough’s teenagers are at the forefront of the fight against the cancers which affect their fellow students.

“They know better than anyone just how a serious illness such as cancer can affect young people and their families.”

Plans are now being srawn up for a series of fundraising events.