A cheque for more than £1300 was presented to cancer charity, Myeloma UK, after a fundraising cycle ride by students and staff. More than 50 people turned out for the sponsored ride in April with some managing 20 laps of the one-and-a-half mile circuit at Rockingham Speedway.
The money raised totalled £1308.57. It was presented to Dr John Moore at a recent assembly. He told how Myeloma UK had helped since his diagnosis six years ago. He is pictured receiving the cheque from Nathan Brown, Joseph Chapman, Ryan Porter and Jade Ogden who are four of the five students who each raised at least £100 by taking part in the charity bike ride.
After the presentation Dr Moore said: ‘This money is gratefully received and will be put to good use by the charity. Myeloma accounts for one per cent of all cancers. There are about 140 people in Northamptonshire with it, 40 in Corby and probably in the county there are 14 new cases a year and four new ones in Corby. It mostly affects older people and slightly more men than women.
‘Myeloma UK provides a great deal of support and is a very powerful advocate. The charity runs conferences, lobbies NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and has been very successful, providing information and events where those with myeloma can meet up and gain support.’
Other recent fundraising events for Myeloma UK have included the BW Factor talent show and the 10k Race for Life in Northampton in which both students and staff took part. Plans are already being made to stage the sponsored cycle event, organised by Mr Shorrock and Mr Twamley, again next year.