Youngsters urged take part in sponsored silence

YOUNGSTERS across Stevenage are being urged to take part in a sponsored silence to help people living with cancer. Stars of the Cinderella pantomime at the Gordon Craig Theatre are encouraging schools, youth organisations and individuals to take part in T

YOUNGSTERS across Stevenage are being urged to take part in a sponsored silence to help people living with cancer.

Stars of the Cinderella pantomime at the Gordon Craig Theatre are encouraging schools, youth organisations and individuals to take part in The Big Hush on Friday, January 25, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity's annual event is part of Macmillan's Cancertalk Week (January 22 - 25), which encourages young people to ask questions and share experiences to understand how cancer could affect them and help dispel misconceptions.

If schools would prefer not to hold a sponsored silence they can encourage their pupils to enter The Big Hush drawing or writing competition instead, with award winning children's author Jacqueline Wilson choosing the best entries.

Carla Poole, Hertfordshire community fundraiser, said: "Taking part couldn't be easier or more fun, and it's a fantastic way to raise both money and cancer awareness.

"Every penny will help Macmillan improve the lives of people affected by cancer in Hertfordshire with practical, financial, emotional and medical support."

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Rosie Simpson, Macmillan nurse specialist for children's cancers, added: "Treating children and adolescents with cancer can be very challenging, but equally very rewarding.

"Simply talking to them and answering questions can help to lift the stigma attached to having cancer and relieve any anxieties about the illness. We need your help to get people talking about cancer and dispel some of the myths surrounding the disease."

To register for The Big Hush call 0845 601 1716, email cancertalk@mktpoint.com or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/bighush

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