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Posted: 21/06/13

Cancer charity cash boost in memory of Hannah

Kind-hearted college students and staff have presented a national charity with a bumper cheque after several months of fundraising activities in memory of a Mansfield teenager who died following a brave battle with cancer.

Learners and tutors from the academic studies, public services and sport studies curriculum at West Nottinghamshire College handed over £1,522.74 to Anna Finnegan, fundraising manager at children’s and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent yesterday (20 June 2013).

Over the last six months they have raised money through sporting events, fancy dress days, sales from a Christmas market, a football tournament, ‘Wig Wednesday’ and a 5k Santa fun run in December.

The money-spinning initiatives were led by Lucy Harrison, a second year sports and exercise science student, after her friend, Hannah Lawler, tragically passed away after being diagnosed with Sarcoma – a rare form of cancer that can affect muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage or blood vessels.

After a year of treatment, Hannah was given the all-clear but relapsed and sadly died in September 2012, aged 18.

Hannah would now be studying her A Levels at West Nottinghamshire College, having earlier applied, so her friends who attend college wanted to give something back to the charity that supported Hannah and her family during this difficult time. Hannah’s sister, Emma, is a former public services student at the college.

Skills for Life tutor Trudi Dean said: “Hannah’s friends and the wider curriculum area have worked incredibly hard and with such enthusiasm to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent, who also kindly delivered awareness-raising session for the students relating to cancer in children and young people.

“Their creative approach to fundraising has been admirable and they’ve always had the charity at the forefront of their minds – remembering Hannah and the fact that cancer can affect anyone, young or old.”

Miss Finnegan said: “I know that Hannah had many friends at college and I would like to thank them and all the staff and students involved in raising this fantastic amount in her name for CLIC Sargent.

“It’s been wonderful to hear about all the fun and exciting ways that students participated in fundraising.”