Teens raise cash for cancer trust

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A group of young people have raised valuable funds for a teen charity after completing a ten kilometre sponsored walk.

Six 11 to 13-year-olds joined three staff from local landlord Futures Homescape to complete the walk around Shipley Park in Heanor, raising more than £450 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

The teenagers all volunteer with the housing association’s Community Rangers group, designed to give young people the chance to learn new skills while helping to improve their local community.

Teenage Cancer Trust aims to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer through specialist units within NHS hospitals.

Figures from the charity show that six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day.

Ryan Knighton, aged 13 from Belper, said: “I was really pleased with how much money I raised. People were very generous and it is for such a brilliant cause.”

Jackie Westwood, income recovery manager at Futures Homescape who took part in the walk, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet young people who want to give up their time to help other people.

“The rangers chose the charity themselves, and managed to get lots of sponsors. Everyone completed the full 10 kilometres, which is testament to their commitment and hard work.”

Donna Young, regional fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust East Midlands, said: “We are currently in the middle of an appeal in Nottingham to build two of these units, one at Nottingham City hospital for patients aged between 19 and 24 and the other at the Queens Medical Centre for patients aged from 13 to18. 

“We still have over £500,000 to raise to help young people living with cancer locally and this wonderful donation will help us on our way.”

Community Rangers is open to 10 to 15-year-olds and meets once a month. For more information contact the Futures Homescape Community Development Team on 01773 573100.