More than £4,000 has been presented to the Thomas Clark Appeal in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust thanks to fundraising by pupils at King Edward V1 Grammar School in Chelmsford and staff at accountants and business advisors Baker Tilly in Chelmsford.

The appeal is the Essex Chronicle's official charity for this year and the aim is to launch a pioneering Patient and Family Support Scheme, to be run by two specialist nurses for teenagers with cancer and their families.

The grammar school's Fleur de Lys charity fundraising group held a week of events and activities, including a "slave auction" earlier this year.

Pupils showed their continuing support for the appeal in memory of Thomas Clark, a former pupil at KEGS and have handed over their latest donation, a bumper cheque for £3,500.

Staff at Baker Tilly in Chelmsford have raised £1,165 for their appeal through fundraising activities including a charity sweepstake at a cricket match at the Essex county cricket ground and a charity golf day.

Forthcoming events for the appeal include a quiz night organised by Roxwell church in aid of the appeal is being held tonight, Friday September 19, at King Edward V1 Grammar School in Broomfield Road, Chelmsford.

Tickets are priced at £7 and include a ploughman's supper. Teams of eight can take part and are asked to bring their own drinks and glasses. Tickets can be obtained by calling 01245 248326.

Donations for the appeal should be made out to The Teenage Cancer Trust and can be sent to The Thomas Clark TCT Appeal, Newsroom, Essex Chronicle, Westway, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3BE or to The Thomas Clark TCT Appeal, c/o The Finance Manager, King Edward V1 Grammar School, Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3SX.

Organisations and individuals who would like publicity for any fund raising events or activities for the appeal can contact the Essex Chronicle newsroom on 01245 603360 or 01245 603354.

The appeal has been set up in memory of Thomas Clark to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Tom died aged 15 in November last year after a courageous two year battle with osteosarcoma - bone cancer.

Published Wednesday September 17, 2003

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