Cambridge Regional College’s Huntingdon students raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity with Great Bake event
Students studying Health and Social Care and Childcare courses at Cambridge Regional College, baked and sold cakes at the Huntingdon campus with all proceeds going to the Brain Tumour Charity.
A raffle also took place on the day with the tempting grand prize of a giant chocolate cake. In total the students managed to raise nearly £250.
The college presented a cheque last month to The Brain Tumour Charity ambassadors, who themselves were once victims of the disease, but through research and fundraising events are here today to tell their story.
There are over 55,000 people currently living with a primary brain tumour in the UK. Founded in 2013, the of aim of The Brain Tumour Charity is to ultimately find a cure for brain tumours.
Shona Floyd, the charity’s Healthcare Engagement Manager, previously visited the Childcare, Health and Social Care students at the CRC Huntingdon Campus to speak about her own experiences and how something as simple as a bake sale makes an amazing impact.
“Brain tumours are this country’s biggest cancer killer of the under 40s and receives less than 2% of the entire cancer budget. Survival rates in the brain tumour world haven’t improved in over 40yrs, so every penny we raise through events like the Cambridge Regional College Great Bake will go into further research and supporting families who need our help.”
Shona’s daughter Tasha passed away from a brain tumour aged just 23 years old. Her bravery and attitude inspired her to continue to raise awareness in young people,
“When we teach students, it is important for them to understand illness isn’t something that happens to someone else or someone who is old, it could happen to them, their siblings, their parents and at any age cancer is indiscriminate. Working for this amazing charity and forging links between us and FE colleges like CRC, starts students off with an understanding of the wider sphere they live in. If we can increase awareness through bake sales, students can see how the money they raise changes the world of someone with a brain tumour.”
Cambridge Regional College Principal and Chief Executive Mark Robertson was delighted to see the effort the students put into the Great Bake, he said
“After such a successful event we intend to make the Great Bake an annual feature at the Huntingdon Campus of Cambridge Regional College. It’s great to see our Huntingdon Campus students doing so much to help others and we are very proud of them. The students have done an excellent job raising both funds and awareness for such a worthy cause”.