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Gloria’s £16k gift to support cancer charity

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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A TEENAGER who spent 18 months fighting leukaemia has helped raise more than £16,000 for a cancer charity.

Repton School pupil Gloria Chan handed over a cheque worth £16,086 to the Teenage Cancer Trust after senior teachers decided that it would support the good cause.

The decision was inspired by the support the charity offered the youngster and her family when she was treated in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital before battling back from the disease and returning back to school.

She said: “I have always been grateful for all the support Teenage Cancer Trust offered me when I was ill and it is really nice to be able to help in return by having it as the lent charity. It is a great way to say thank you.”

Every year Repton School selects a charity to which money raised in a variety of ways throughout the Lent (Easter) term is donated.

This year the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) was chosen.

Among the fund-raising activities were a charity cabaret, which saw scores of pupils perform music, dance and comedy and others take on backstage roles to put on a sell-out three-night run, house dinners, Valentine’s Day rose sales, auctions and cup cake stalls.

The youngster took a break from her A-level exams to present a cheque to Angela Kehoe, regional fund-raiser with the Teenage Cancer Trust.

In the past, the 18-year-old raised £6,000 for the trust after recovering from her bone marrow transplant by running the Race for Life event in Loughborough.

She will return home to Hong Kong following her exams and plans to return to the UK in the autumn to attend university.

Last year, Repton School pupil Joanna Holroyd was inspired to raise £1,830 for The Teenage Cancer Trust by fellow sixth former Gloria.

Miss Holroyd organising, hosting and performing a solo cello recital to a capacity audience at her school.

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