College Raises Over Two Grand For Childhood Eye Cancer Charity

Thu, 26/07/2001 - 01:00

CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust) Chief Executive Joy Felgate and Alison Scattergood watching 25 haircuts during EDC's CHECT Week.

A north east college has helped raise much needed funds to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a childhood eye cancer charity.

East Durham College, in Peterlee County Durham, has raised over £2,000 for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) by holding a ‘CHECT’ week at the College.

The trust is celebrating, throughout 2012, its 25 years of raising awareness of eye cancer, supporting those affected by it and funding research into the disease.

College lecturer Alison Scattergood, 39, from Peterlee, organised the event as she was herself diagnosed with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma at six weeks old. She was successfully treated for the condition at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary.

The barbering lecturer, who has worked at East Durham College for seven years, said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved in the EDC 'CHECT' week, last week. All the students and staff involved have been truly amazing. We have raised over two grand - how fab is that?!”

The week consisted of 25-themed fundraising activities. Students and staff got involved in loads of different activities such as providing free hair and beauty treatments for donations, raffles, sold sweets and home-made cakes, held a 10-mile sponsored walk and washed cars.

A boxing event was held where college boxing coach David Binns went three rounds with Foundation Studies student Davie Moore. Pro boxer and ex-East Durham College student Jonson McClumpha also got involved.

Alison’s husband David works for Hartlepool Utd as a Child Welfare Officers/Youth Team Scout and managed to organise a signed shirt for Pools mad Davie Moore as his reward for winning the ‘big fight’.

Hairdressing student Mel Swainston, 33, from Stockton, raised over £300 by getting all of her hair shaved off and the CHECT logo shaved into the side of her head by professional barber Martin Fox, who owns Scarlet Moon Hair in Middlesbrough.

Level 3 barbering student Ken Ball, 44, from Consett who is also a District Commander with Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue took part in a sponsored ‘fireman’s lift’, where he lifted 25 students and staff up the stairs, and raised over £400.

CHECT is the only charity dedicated to providing support to children and families in the UK who have been affected by retinoblastoma (Rb), a rapidly developing cancer that affects the cells of the retina.

CHECT chief executive Joy Felgate travelled from London to join in the activities later in the week and even agreed to be carried up three flights of stairs for the sponsored fireman’s carry. She said: “It was an amazing occasion – led by the energy and enthusiasm of Alison who motivated and inspired students and staff from the whole college to get involved.

“The funds raised over the week will help to ensure that when a parent's worst nightmare is realised and they are told the devastating news that their child has eye cancer, they do not have to face this on their own.

“CHECT provides a support worker who is there to help them from the point of diagnosis throughout the whole journey, giving them strength to see their child through treatment and finding practical and financial solutions to ease their pressure.

“CHECT also funds and supports ground-breaking research projects into the causes of the condition and new treatments that will benefit children in the future. We are extremely grateful for everything everyone at East Durham College has done to help raise awareness of eye cancer in children and much-needed funds to enable us to continue this vital work.”

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