Laughathon 2015 will be held on World Laughter day which falls on 3rd May and will be held in the heart of the Burntwood Community at The Wych Elm Pub in Burntwood. The fun filled family day is being held in honour of Stephen Sutton, to celebrate his achievements and to help raise vital funds in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Activities on the day include: live music from the likes of Lucy Tennyson, Jasonia, Jordan Adams as well as a bouncy slide, interactive stalls, raffles, oil painting classes, A Bird of Prey display and much more. The event is completely free to the general public and suitable for all the family. We just ask that you make a donation to the Teenage Cancer Trust on the day.
Hannah Telles, a close friend of Stephen Sutton was awarded £500 after winning the Lions International Young Ambassador award to put towards the family fun day and is determined to keep Stephens message going, Hannah commented, “We’ve been so impressed with the incredible enthusiasm of the community with putting this event together, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped or offered to help organise it. We are encouraging everyone to come along on the day and raise money for desperately needed services for young people with cancer. I hope to carry on the Laughathon as a yearly thing as that was my promise to Stephen.”
Last year’s Laughathon, which was also held on World Laughter day, was a huge success. The local community came together to help Stephen Sutton tick another item off his bucket list. The event took place at Stephen’s former school, Chase Terrace Technology College and involved 554 people. The Guinness World Record was to get the most people in a single place to make a “heart-shaped hand gesture”
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.
Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. Teenage Cancer Trust wants every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.
Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to help improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. Cancer in young people is rare but Teenage Cancer Trust wants young people to know the common signs so they can seek medical advice if they are worried.
The event will be held on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at The Wych Elm pub in Burntwood. WS7 2BU
For those who would like to donate but are unable to attend on the day a just giving page has been set up: https://www.justgiving.com/Laughathon2015