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HETA Apprentices a cut above in fundraising effort

15th February 2018

A group of HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) engineering apprentices have smashed their original £500 target in their bid to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  

With their JustGiving page standing at over £1,500, the seven students – Sam Rice, Harley Percy, Harry Finney, Jake Gibbons, Calum Wright, Harry Rodger and Tom Maddison – faced the clippers on the 7th February to shave their heads in support of the hundreds of young people diagnosed with cancer each year.  

“Finding out that seven teenagers and young adults are diagnosed with cancer every day really hit home with me,” says Tom. “That could easily be my brother or a friend. It's a great charity, and we can't wait to continue supporting and raising more money for them.”  

The HETA apprentices have been motivated by their tutor Tim Houlton, who inspired this group and others at the training provider to support the charity. Their efforts have so far resulted in over £5,000 being donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.  

“Being a teenager is an incredibly hard phase in any young person’s life,” says Tim. “But to be diagnosed with cancer too, is terrifying and incredibly isolating for most. That’s why the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust is so vital. I am incredibly proud of the way our apprentices have embraced this charity and their efforts have been phenomenal over the past year.”  

The Teenage Cancer Trust provides a home-away-from-home for young people as they receive treatment, through its 28 purpose-built hospitals across the UK. In addition, it provides specialist nurses and vital education in the prevention of the disease.  

However, its services are in high demand, so it relies on the kind of fundraising the HETA students have been involved in to ensure that it can help as many young people as possible.  

“It has been a real privilege to support this amazing charity alongside my friends and classmates,” adds Harry. “Shaving our heads is just a small sacrifice for the difference it will hopefully make.”

To support HETA students in their fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust, visit