Cough Up Pennies for charity

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Third year Geography student, James Rowan has organised a fundraiser called Cough up Pennies in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The charity supports young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who suffer from cancer and currently fund 65 nurses who work across the community, in special units and hospitals.

Seven young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

This is the second year that the fundraiser has been run in partnership with Castle Leazes and Richardson Road student halls.

So far this year, the charity fundraiser has raised £959, which includes the money raised from Cough up Pennies and other events in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

James has given out 1500 cups to students in the accommodation, each of which holds £1 in one and two pence pieces.

He said: “If everyone who received a cup puts £1 in then the charity raises £1500.“

Last year’s fundraiser raised a total of £1500, reaching its target.

James added: “This year we hope to replicate this success.”

Generous contributions from the residents at both accommodations made up £700 of this total.

Castle Leazes halls also made an independent donation of £200 to the cause.

Another campaign will run after Christmas, from January to the end of semester two.

Participant Hugh Vermont said: “I chose to support Teenage Cancer Trust because I can relate to the age demographic.

“I know of a few people my age who have suffered from cancer so I think it’s a great cause. James has come up with a really novel idea for raising funds for the charity.

“James can cover a whole university halls and if everyone were to donate just £1 of shrapnel over the year, that’s a significant amount of money raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The money raised this year could go towards supporting many of the charity’s campaigns.

£4.8m raised by the charity goes towards building, developing and maintaining Teenage Cancer units, £3.2m on regional services such as education, awareness and improving access to specialist services and £1.3m on national initiatives such as campaigning, training for professionals and research.

Last modified: 14th December 2015

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