Stockport and neighbouring boroughs urged to unite in battle against childhood cancer
A child cancer survivor from Gatley, Stockport is urging the SK area to unite and fight against the deadly disease as she launches the ‘SK for Kidscan’ campaign. 15 year-old Charlotte Jennings, an ambassador for children’s cancer research charity, Kidscan, is helping the organisation to raise £70,000 to fund two, three-year PhD research positions at leading University research institutions in Greater Manchester.
The researchers’ sole objective will be to progress research to discover effective, gentle childhood cancer treatments.
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 11, Charlotte underwent gruelling treatment in her battle against the disease and as a result, will eventually need replacement knees, ankles and wrists.
Now cancer-free, courageous Charlotte, a pupil at Kingsway School, is appealing to local superheroes, a.k.a residents, businesses, schools and communities with SK postcodes, to join forces and help Kidscan in whatever way they can.
Charlotte Jennings commented: “Having experienced the devastating impact of adult cancer treatments, I wanted to support Kidscan in their quest to find child-friendly alternatives. The ‘SK for Kidscan’ campaign aims to encourage individuals, community groups and businesses in the area I grew up in to help. From kids washing cars and parachuting adults, to participating in our ‘Fire Walk’ at Stockport County this Spring, there’s an event for everyone.
“I’m one of the lucky children who has survived cancer and therefore, I see all opportunities life has to offer me as a bonus. I’m delighted to offer my ongoing support to Kidscan and help give something back. But I can’t do this alone – we need your help because together, we can be incredible!”
Ged Carter, chief executive at Kidscan, said: “Charlotte is a superhero in her own right, who has battled and survived an aggressive form of cancer. Her positivity has never wavered and is an inspiration to us all. Which is why we have launched the ‘SK for Kidscan’ appeal – to urge Charlotte’s home area to get behind her, and us, and do what they can to help.”
Kidscan receives no statutory funding, and relies on the support of the public to conduct its vital research into new, safer childhood cancer treatments.
To get involved, please visit https://kidscan.org.uk/sk/