Cancer appeal inspires horse-riding pupil

PUBLISHED: 12:17 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

Rosa Huntington

Rosa Huntington

A TOWN clerk s appeal to help build a new facility for teenage cancer sufferers has been inspiring people in Saffron Walden to raise money. Saffron Walden County High pupil Rosa Huntington joins the growing list of generous fundraisers for the Teenage Can

A TOWN clerk's appeal to help build a new facility for teenage cancer sufferers has been inspiring people in Saffron Walden to raise money.

Saffron Walden County High pupil Rosa Huntington joins the growing list of generous fundraisers for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) appeal being organised by town clerk Malcolm White.

After reading an article in the Reporter about the appeal, 16-year-old Rosa organised a sponsored horse ride and raised £260 which she presented to Malcolm White and his wife Kate on Wednesday April 16.

Year 11 student Rosa, who completed the hour of horse riding at her local stables, said: "I love horse riding and really enjoyed doing this project."

Learning support teacher Louise Turner, who helped Rosa to organise the fundraising event, said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Rosa on this project and I have been really impressed with how she went round all the department's offices collecting in the sponsorship money.

"This is a fabulous example of someone combining their hobby with a school project. The fact that she has raised so much money as well is really amazing. I hope that other students will be inspired by this."

Mr White, whose son, Tom, died of cancer three years ago, said: "This is a marvellous contribution from Rosa and shows what a kind and considerate girl she is.

"Sadly we know firsthand, how important this Teenage Cancer Unit is to the area so it is tremendous to get this sort of support from youngsters of her age."

Teacher Suzanne Culshaw said Rosa had worked really hard to promote the event including putting up posters and sending out emails.

The TCT appeal is well on its way to meeting the £15,000 target - £1 from every person in Saffron Walden. And more than £1000 was raised in a week from different events around the town.

A jumble sale held in the town hall on Saturday April 12 raised £450 for the appeal. A fashion show organised by department store Eaden Lilley was attended by 120 people on Tuesday April 15. A total of £900 was raised.

The next fundraising event will be a big band concert in Saffron Walden Town Hall on Wednesday May 7. Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from the Tourist Information Centre on the Market Square or the Town Council Offices, 11 Emson Close, Saffron Walden.

The cost of the new 10-bed TCT unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital is £2 million and they are hoping to raise £1 million of this through local initiatives such as the Saffron Walden campaign.

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