April 9th 2010
Sometimes it takes more than “Just a spoonful of sugar”, and sometimes “tuppence a bag” isn’t quite enough
Who hasn’t been affected, at some point in their lives, by cancer? Either by knowing a friend or loved one who has suffered from the disease, or even by contracting it oneself. I have lost several friends to cancer over the last few years and I know that the very mention of the “C” word strikes terror to the extent that some cannot even bring themselves to use it.
Imagine how much harder it must be to cope with cancer if you are a teenager. How cruel, unfair and frightening it must seem.
In March of this year I went to the launch of a new charity called Trekstock, set up by an inspiring young woman called Sophie Epstone, aimed specifically at raising money to help fund new research and pioneering treatments for teenage cancer sufferers. Trekstock is affiliated with both the Teenage Cancer Trust and Cancer Research, and is supported by people from the music and fashion industries.
In October 2010, I am participating in a sponsored 10 day trek through the foothills of the Himalayas, in Sikkim, India, in an attempt to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It will be a gruelling hike, over many different types of terrain and at high altitudes. I start training for the trek in the next few weeks.
I know in these fiscally uncertain times we all have many financial commitments of our own to attend to, but if you feel you could make a donation to this worthwhile cause, no matter how small, I would be truly grateful.
Think of how much good we could do together, and how many suffering teenagers we may be able to help, encourage and support.
You have my word that every “tuppence” raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Wish me luck, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my JustGiving page
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