Tea Party in aid of Cancer Research


Year 9 student Bianca Hughes talks about how the loss of a special aunt to cancer encouraged her to find out more about the disease and inspired her to raise funds to aid cancer research.  Bianca tells her special story below.

Hi my name is Bianca Hughes and I am a Year 9 pupil at St. Paul’s.

In December 2013 I lost my auntie to lung cancer.

She was only 49 years of age and left behind a husband and three children aged 23, 26 and 29. This type of cancer affects 185,613 people in the UK every year.

Cancer is one of those illnesses that in some way affects all our lives at some stage, however thanks to cancer research ‘you are twice as likely to survive cancer compared to forty years ago’.

Cancer Research UK is one of the reasons for this statistic as they are the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research.

They have saved millions of lives by discovering new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and survival has doubled over the past forty years.

Every day in the UK there are more than 400 people diagnosed with cancer that will survive the disease for more than ten years thanks to research. Cancer Research UK fund research into more than 200 types of cancer.

From the most common – such as breast, bowel, lung and prostate cancers – to rare types of tumors and children’s cancers, they support groundbreaking science that benefits everyone.

In memory of my auntie I decided to support the great work carried out by Cancer Research in the hope that one day cancer will be beaten.

Me and my three friends Maureen Byrne, Mairéad Campbell and Aileen McGuire set about organising a tea party in aid of Cancer Research.

After many weeks of planning and with the help of our form teacher Mrs Hughes, Kerri-Marie Boyle from Mille Fiori Florist Camlough, a host of fabulous bakers and Victoria Martin from Cancer Research UK we hosted a ‘Mad Hatters’ inspired Tea Party with all the donations going to Cancer Research.

This wonderful event was about remembering the people we loved and lost to cancer and in the process we managed to raise £370.00.

Thank you to all the people who made it possible #HOPE



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