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Posted on 19th March 2018
Young people in Harlow are giving up clothes for the good of poorly children.
Burnt Mill Academy is supporting the Give Up Clothes for Good campaign by high street retailer TK Maxx.
By donating unwanted clothes, the school is helping the chain to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK’s work around childhood cancer.
Kayleigh Trainor, head of humanities, said: “We were keen to get involved in this project to raise awareness of the work of Cancer Research UK, especially as we have had students at school who have undergone treatment for cancer or have had relatives diagnosed with cancer. So many people today are affected by cancer and so everyone is keen to help.
“Our students are always looking to get involved and help those in need. Charities are always blown away by the support of our students.”
Key Stage 3 leaders are promoting the charity mission among peers.
Deputy head girl Daisy Broughton, Year 11, said: “Any help we can give is good. We have put posters up around school and have been speaking in assemblies and during tutor time to remind people to bring in their donations. So much has been brought in already.
“As you get older, one of the best qualities to have is to give without receiving.”
Since 2004, TK Maxx has raised more than £32m for Cancer Research UK’s work through stock and cash donations. Of that, more than £28m is supporting research into children’s cancers specifically and £4m supporting general cancer research.
The campaign follows on from the school’s donation of coats to the homeless for Wrap Up London and goods to Harlow Food Bank at Christmas.