Date of release: Friday, December 5, 2014

student volunteers Victoria Elmes and Georgina GreenMore than £1,500 was raised by staff and students at the University of Greenwich in support of two-year-old Ruby Laura Young and other young people suffering an aggressive form of childhood cancer.

Kate Southgate, Senior Student Finance Manager, organised a ‘Wear Red for Ruby Day’ at the Medway Campus on Monday (1 December). Students and staff wore red for the appeal on behalf of the Rainham toddler, while activities included a bake and craft sale, competitions and an auction.

Ms Southgate says: “The university is an important part of the Medway community. I am delighted that we have been able to join the many local people and organisations currently fundraising in support of Ruby and her charity, The Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK (NCCA).

“Thanks to everyone’s hard work, and not least our incredible student volunteers, we raised £1,563. I am optimistic that when all the competitions and auction are complete, we will top £2,000.”

Dr Lauren Pecorino, Principal Lecturer in Cancer Biology at the university, and author of Why Millions Survive Cancer, says that the events were the latest in Greenwich’s widespread community activities in this area. “These include researching innovations in drug delivery, giving public lectures on prevention and new therapies, publishing books about cancer for both students and a wider audience and, most importantly, training the next generation of cancer researchers,” she says.

Ms Southgate worked with Ann Whitbread, Lynn Wilson and Lorraine Barrett, administrators in the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science, to organise the Wear Red for Ruby Day.

Their team of student volunteers included Georgina Green, Adam Ghidaoui, Victoria Elmes, Henry Ray, Robert Fielder and Mandeep Kaur.

Story by Public Relations

Picture: student volunteers Victoria Elmes and Georgina Green