First year education students from the University of Winchester presented back their ideas as part of the Rethink Cancer campaign today (Monday 30 March 2015).
Steve Brine, who chaired the all-party breast cancer group in Parliament from 2010-2015, was there along with the team from CoppaFeel; one of the country's leading charities in the area.
Last Summer Steve brought them to Winchester for a day which saw them speak to all three secondary schools in the city and meet a team from the University of Winchester. As a result of that initial meeting, the Education Department agreed to work up a draft curriculumn for how cancer awareness could be taught in schools.
Kris Hallenga set up CoppaFeel after she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2009 and Kris was back in Winchester for today's event.
Steve says; "Our work in this area has been so rewarding these past five years on the national stage but it was great to bring the team to Winchester last year to introduce the whole Rethink Cancer agenda to local people. Our meeting at the University was good at the time but we never dared to hope they'd run with the idea as they have.
"Seven teams of first year students came up with some stunning ideas as to how we might raise awareness of cancer in schools among young people and how we might teach the many ways it can be prevented. We were blown away by the time and energy they have given this project and cannot thank them enough.
"Their work will now help greatly as the team develop plans that will hopefully lead to Rethink being part of the curriculum. It's so important we teach young people that cancer is beatable if detected early, how they can keep themselves healthy to guard against it and more general information about the issue."
Pictured; Steve and Kris (far left) with the Education students from the University of Winchester and one group on their feet.
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