WEAR A Wig With Pride is the message to young people in Huddersfield during Youth Against Cancer Week.
The event, between October 15 and 21, is being supported by comedienne Catherine Tate, patron of the Laura Crane Trust.
The Trust funds research into cancers affecting 13 to 25-year-olds. It is named after student Laura Crane who died from a complex mix of four types of cancer just two weeks after her 17th birthday in May 1996.
Youth Cancer Week aims to raise young people’s awareness of others in their own age who are currently fighting cancer and to promote the work of the Trust.
Pupils and students are being asked to fundraise by wearing a wig but also highlight the serious issue of hair loss being a common side effect of cancer treatment.
If pupils don’t have wigs they can choose an alternative form of headwear such as bandanas or silly hats.
Representatives of the trust can also visit schools during the week to give a presentation about the work of the Trust.
Or it can provide a 10-minute DVD featuring interviews with young cancer patients and the charity’s founder, Laura’s mother.
The DVD can be viewed and a brochure obtained at the Laura Crane Trust website at: www.lauracranetrust.org which gives further information about teenagers with cancer, why it is important for young people to actively contribute to the fight and how they can get involved.
More information from Helen, the charity’s Youth Fundraiser on 01484 520013.