Students show support for Cancer Warriors

STALYBRIDGE-based charity Cancer Warriors is Copley Academy’s latest charity.

The school held a cake bake to launch its fundraising drive.

And to mark the event, which raised £150, Cancer Warriors’ Derrick Evans and Steph Fitton visited school to deliver a presentation to each year.

Derrick, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, spoke about his journey, explaining how simple changes to lifestyles can reduce the risk of cancer, telling students how as a boy he smoked, drank and ate fatty foods.

Students were also told not to be ashamed to check their bodies as Derrick admitted leaving a lump for two years.

He pointed out though the majority of cancer symptoms are not visible so there are no alarm bells.

He added early detection is the key to surviving cancer.

Steph added the reaction of the students was “amazing”, adding it is all about breaking the taboo about cancer.

Copley is also holding a charity raffle to raise further funds for Cancer Warriors.

As they are a Manchester United Foundation School, they have acquired a signed and framed Manchester United shirt and match tickets as prizes.

Last term Copley Academy students raised funds for Tameside East Foodbank.

Assistant principal Jo Tidbury explained they were looking for another local charity and Cancer Warriors was suggested because the illness touches most families.

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