Schools and Tenovus join forces to raise funds for cancer patients

Tenovus Cancer Care

In 1943, Tenovus was founded by ten businessmen. Initially, the charity funded a wide range of projects in the local area. In the 1960s, Tenovus embarked on a project which was to influence our work for the next 40 years. We built the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research in Cardiff which carried out vital research into the causes of cancer. Alongside their ground-breaking research, Tenovus have developed a system of cancer support services to help cancer patients and their families, when they need it most, including a Freephone Cancer Support Line (0808 808 1010), which is open 8am - 8pm, 7 days a week.

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A leading Welsh cancer charity has developed a selection of free resources designed to show schools the power of song. In 2010, Tenovus Cancer Care worked with Cardiff University to prove that singing can help cancer patients and their families. Now, they have fifteen choirs across Wales and have developed a school resource pack for KS3/4 Science that helps teachers to talk to pupils about research, using the organisation’s famous Sing with Us choirs as an engaging example.

The charity, founded in 1943, has also developed the Big Gig fundraising pack, which encourages students to take part in musical fundraising. if this method doesn’t suit a school, teachers and pupils can fundraise in any way they wish to support Tenovus Cancer Care.

“Musical fundraising is obviously time-consuming, so some schools have simply held a non- uniform day, a coffee morning or something much simpler,” said Debbie Rowley, Tenovus community fundraiser for North Wales. “We are very happy for schools raise money in anyway they would like. As you can imagine, it all helps to continue the fantastic services we offer cancer patients and their loved ones. Our choirs are living proof of how much this support means to local cancer patients.”

As part of Tenovus’ long-term commitment to support the Welsh community, the charity has developed free educational resources such as teacher support notes, a range of age-related tasks and challenges, a Powerpoint deck with supporting visuals, information on how both teachers and pupils can get involved with the Big Gig initiative and general fundraising ideas.

With these resources, schools can turn their end-of-year concert into a Big Gig event and raise money through bucket collections and a raffle. Alternatively, young fundraisers can organise one-off shows, go carol-singing, hold talent shows / sing-offs or run musical quizzes in assembly / after lessons.

This community-focused stockpile is available in both English and Welsh, and can either be downloaded from the Tenovus website or sent to schools via post.

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