Former Pupil Campaigns for HeadSmart
Yesterday we were visited by Elisabeth Devey, a former pupil who campaigns for HeadSmart in memory of another former pupil and friend, Natalie Wilson who died from a brain tumour in April 2016. HeadSmart is a multi-award-winning, UK-wide awareness campaign based on research funded by The Brain Tumour Charity at The University of Nottingham (2003-2006). The research investigated the reasons behind delayed diagnosis and identified common signs and symptoms by age groups.
Elisabeth talked to the whole school during assembly about the reasons for her involvement with the HeadSmart. She showed a video explaining her latest fundraiser – a campaign titled ‘The 10p Challenge’ which aims to make 1,000,000 people more aware by distributing the HeadSmart cards and also asking those 1 million people to donate 10p also!…so raising £100,000 in total! Elisabeth has chosen Westholme as one of the first ten schools to get involved in the launch of the campaign in Lancashire and of course we are proud to support such an important campaign. Students donated at least 10p each and we will announce the total shortly!
HeadSmart informs and empowers parents and healthcare professionals to recognise the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and teenagers to reduce diagnosis times. Early diagnosis of brain tumours can reduce long-term disabilities and save lives – their goal is to reduce average diagnosis times to 4 weeks or less in line with NHS targets.
March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and throughout the month Elisabeth and HeadSmart want to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and teenagers.