14th July 2017

This morning our Year 10 students took part in a workshop and received a presentation from Lenny (R. Lennon) from the Teenage Cancer Trust. After an initial introduction and supportive message about this sensitive issue, Lenny went on to inform the students about statistics, myths and facts surrounding cancer and especially cancer in young people.

When asked how many people in the Auditorium had either been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, there was barely a hand left down, showing just how important a subject cancer has become. This was then brought down by the number of young people in the UK who are actually diagnosed with cancer each minute – only 7 out of between 700 and 900 people of all ages diagnosed in the UK each day.

Next, Lenny asked students a series of questions commonly asked about cancer, which had some positive results – a lot of knowledge across Year 10 about human biology and cancer, with a correct answer given to “How many trillion cells are in the human body?” within only two attempts! The information then moved on to cancers specifically found in young people, where our students were not quite as up to date with their knowledge – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma being the most regularly diagnosed form within young people.

Overall the presentation was informative, supportive and reassuring, both to students and staff. Lenny actually closed by saying how wonderful and respectful an audience Year 10 had been, so we would like to thank Lenny and the Teenage Cancer Trust for their time today.

Below are a selection of images from the event: