Money box plea

19.11.2009

Children across the region have the opportunity to raise money for a centre to ease the hardship of coping with terminal illness.

Northumbrian Water has launched a competition for schools to design, build and decorate a money box and fill it with loose change to help fund the much needed North East Maggie’s cancer caring centre.

The water company would like to encourage more schools to take part to help this worthwhile cause.

Every year 5,500 people in the North East are diagnosed with cancer and the centre, which will cost £3 million to build, will be a calm and uplifting drop-in centre.  Anyone affected by the disease will be offered emotional and psychological support, non-medical information and advice.

Schools that have entered the competition already, include Pathways School, Middlesbrough, Glynwood Primary School, Gateshead, Carley Hill Education Centre, Sunderland, St Aloysius RC Junior School, Hebburn, Bede Burn Primary School, Jarrow, Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Whitley Bay, Hadrian Park Primary School, Wallsend, Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham and St Andrew′s CE First School, Heddon on the Wall, Tyne valley.

The closing date for the competition is Friday, December 4 2009 and prizes, for the best money box and most money raised, include tickets for the winning classes to a watch Newcastle Vipers ice hockey or Newcastle Eagles basketball match.  Winners will also have the opportunity to meet the teams and have their photos taken.

Schools should log onto www.maggiescentres.org/northeast for further details.

Denise Heron, for Maggie’s North East, said:  “Building Maggie′s North East cancer caring centre is vital for our North East community.  Maggie′s unique programme of support will help cancer patients, their families and friends from the moment they receive the devastating news of a diagnosis of cancer.  From the centre’s bright, light, homely environment, people will be able to access information and emotional support when they need, it free of charge.  Your help is very welcome and appreciated.”

Jane Morland, Northumbrian Water’s corporate responsibility team leader, said:  “One in every three people is affected by cancer, in some way, in their life-time.  Some of my colleagues and their families have been touched by cancer and any support people have access to, during what is a very difficult time, is invaluable.  Northumbrian Water takes its community responsibility very seriously and we understand how important this centre is to the region."

For further information, contact Cara Hall on 0191 301 6720.

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