The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre has been given a £16,000 boost thanks to the pupils from Perthshire independent school Glenalmond College.
A group of 15 boys and girls completed a sponsored 100 Mile Walk from Kinloch Hourn in the Highlands back to Glenalmond, raising the biggest lump sum the school has ever donated to one charity.
Glenalmond pupil Bonnar Euan Fulton, aged 16, whose father is being treated at the centre, said: “We chose to raise money specifically for the teenage unit at the Beatson because it resonated so much with us as young people. All we have to worry about is our exams but the people the unit cares for have much bigger concerns and we wanted to do what we could to help.”
The money raised will go towards making the quality of life for young people with cancer better, for example by providing complementary and other therapies as well as funding group outings.
Liz Watt, Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Teenage & Young Adult Cancer Service, said: “We are incredibly impressed by what the Glenalmond pupils have done. Our patients say I am a young person first and a young person with cancer second and that’s how we treat them. This money will be put to very good use.”
The head of Glenalmond College, Warden Gordon Woods, said: “We are very proud of what our walkers have achieved to support the important work of the Beatson Cancer Centre. Charitable work lies at the heart of our ethos at Glenalmond and every week pupils carry out voluntary work in the local community.”
Twenty three year old Lynsey Neilson, a trainee teacher from Stonehouse, and 16 year old Kevin McAveety from Possil, who have both undergone treatment in the Beatson’s teenage unit, accepted a cheque for £16,802 from the Glenalmond fundraisers.
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Glenalmond College in Perthshire is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 12 to 18. For more information visit www.glenalmondcollege.co.uk.
Over the past few years Glenalmond pupils have raised more than £30,000 for charity. This year the organisations the school’s 400 pupils are fundraising for are: The Neuroblastoma Society, which helps children suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer; The Katie McKerracher Trust, which supports children with brain tumours and Water Aid.