A Stockton Sixth Form College student backed Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event after seeing first-hand how much the charity does to support local families.
Joe Swift, 17, hosted his own ‘Come for Cake’ event for his fellow 800 students on Friday 27th September as part of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign, raising over £190 for the cause – enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for one day.
The event served up freshly baked cakes to students and staff throughout the day and was inspired by Joe’s two grandparents and aunt, who he recently lost to cancer.
Joe, who studies Law, Business Studies and Sociology at college and aims to study Law at university, said: “The last year has taught me that cancer really does affect everyone, not just those who suffer with the illness, but their friends and family, too. Losing close members of my family to cancer was a really scary experience but it helped to know Macmillan were there if we needed anything.”
Joanna Bailey, Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, said: “Joe worked extremely hard to organise a fantastic event for all staff and students and we are very proud of his efforts.
“Once again the charitable spirit of our students shone through as they supported Joe and gave generously to such a worthwhile cause.”