Tom Brake Supports Cancer Awareness In Schools

February 5, 2004 12:00 AM

Tom Brake, MP is supporting schools in Carshalton and Wallington which take part in Macmillan Cancer Relief's latest education initiative 'Cancertalk' for children and young people.

Macmillan is encouraging schools to talk about cancer and the different ways to support people during Cancertalk week, 9 to 13 February 2004. The charity hopes that by increasing awareness of cancer and dispelling some of the myths surrounding it, children and young people will be better equipped to understand the disease and learn how to support those with symptoms.

The Big Hush will wrap up Cancertalk Week, on Friday 13 February, and will encourage school children to take part in a national sponsored silence. It will help children to fundraise in a fun and meaningful way and the money raised will go towards helping people who are living with cancer, and providing support for their families.

Mr. Brake said,

''I hope local schools take part in Cancertalk Week and The Big Hush. These are both exciting ways to bring attention to an important subject that will affect so many pupils, parents and teachers. Four in ten people will develop cancer in their lifetime so most pupils will come into contact with it in some way. Being more aware of cancer will hopefully separate fact from fiction and help all pupils, parents and teachers affected by cancer to support each other.''

Schools can participate in The Big Hush without taking part in Cancertalk Week. Macmillan has re-launched the Cancertalk programme this year with informative videos and improved resource pack for schools. Cancertalk Week can form part of the school's curriculum grids.

Peter Cardy, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Relief, says, ''MPs like Tom Brake are playing a crucial role in spreading the word and Macmillan is very grateful of their support. Cancer talk and The Big Hush can help to breakdown the taboo topics surrounding cancer in a fun and interesting way so that school children and young people can relate to, understand and empathise with cancer patients.''

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