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Bandanas for Brain Tumours


Lower Sixth local student at Woldingham School, Elise O’Connor, organised a Bandanas for Brain Tumours Day on 3 March, in support of the Brain Tumour Charity and in line with Brain Tumour Awareness Month. Students and staff sported not just bandanas, but some very creative hair arrangements, in exchange for donating to the cause.

Now in its third year, Elise’s initiative seeks to raise funds and awareness for the charity, which relies heavily on fundraising to help with its research and treatment programmes. Elise’s parents are very proud of all the work she has done over the last couple of years to raise money for her chosen charity: the total amount is in excess of £2,500.

Brain tumours affect more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. The Brain Tumour Charity is striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.

Alex Hutchinson, Headmistress said,

“Elise has galvanised the school into action for this great cause. Student-led initiatives, supported by girls and staff alike, show the true depth of community here at Woldingham.”

Elise said,

“Organising this day is a great opportunity to give back to the charity, after having suffered a brain tumour myself when I was in Year 9. My symptoms weren’t that obvious at first and one of things that Headstart (part of the charity) focuses on, is helping to promote awareness of possible symptoms in young people. My friends and family were very supportive, helping me to stay positive and keeping an eye on me.”

Published: March 6 2017

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