17 March 2016
Macmillan Cancer Support is urging schools, nurseries and uniform groups across the UK to help raise awareness and vital funds via two school-focused fundraising events - Dress Up and Dance and flagship fundraiser World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. With an increasing number of children affected by cancer both events provide the perfect opportunity to open up a dialogue around cancer in a fun but educational setting.
Dress Up and Dance - Friday 17th June 2016
This funky fundraiser encourages children to dress up in their favourite outfit on Friday 17th June and have a boogie with their friends during school time, in exchange for making a suggested donation of £2 to Macmillan. To sign up for a free schools fundraising pack, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/dressup
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - Friday 30th September 2016
Last year over 18,000 schools took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and raised an enormous £2.3million pounds. There are many skills to be gained for young people hosting a Coffee Morning, from creating the promotional materials, such as posters and invitations, to handling money, understanding health and safety and communicating with different people.
Macmillan has also developed a range of resources and lesson plans to support primary and secondary schools to take part in Coffee Morning complementing their wider education resources including Macmillan’s Talking about Cancer toolkits. To sign up for a free schools fundraising pack, visit http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/
Laura Rentoul, Teenage and Young Persons Information Nurse Specialist for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Discussing cancer openly can be difficult and despite the prevalence of cancer and its impact, it is too often left as a taboo topic. Whilst trying to protect children from difficult news is natural, it‘s important to give them the chance to talk about cancer and their fears, as well as the opportunity to express themselves in other ways such as through play, art or movement – and educational practitioners have an important role to play here.”
In addition to these fun child-friendly fundraisers, Macmillan has all sorts of fantastic educational resources that will help you talk to and support young people affected by cancer. For further information, to request a pack, or to see if someone from Macmillan can come and give a talk, visit macmillan.org.uk/schools
For further press information, please contact:
Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
Tel: 020 840 4974
Out of Hours Press Office: 07801 307 068
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