On 6 March, Bethany School will join thousands around the UK donning special bandanas to mark Brain Tumour Awareness Day. All pupils and staff have bought the bandanas and will wear them for morning assembly, joining together to ‘Wear it out!’ (which is the slogan for the day).
Having survived a brain tumour as a child, year 13 pupil Harry Graham is a young ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity. “Once again a huge thank you to everyone at Bethany for all the support I have received during my time here as a pupil and also a heartfelt thank you from The Brain Tumour Charity,” he says.
“I cannot thank the headmaster, staff and pupils of Bethany School enough for hosting our forthcoming bandana day,” say Harry’s parents. “It is events like this that provide not only invaluable funding in the fight against brain tumours, but also raise awareness which is key to early diagnosis and subsequent survival of this awful illness.”
According to Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s director of fundraising, brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of the under-40s and survival rates have not improved over the last 40 years. She says: “The Brain Tumour Charity receives no government funding and relies 100 percent on voluntary donations, so it’s only through the efforts of people like Harry and Bethany School that we can change these shocking statistics in the future and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”
Bandana day has celebrity support from actress and impressionist Ronni Ancona, who has made a short video encouraging people to ‘Wear it out!’ on 6 March.