CHARITY spirited King’s Ely Senior (KES) students have raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Each year, students in Osmond House not only choose a different charity to support but they also think up of innovative ways to raise funds. Over the last 12 months, pupils have hosted fun-filled table tennis competitions, DVD sales and hosted stalls at Osfest, helping to raise an impressive £1,110 for Cancer Research UK.

Heidi Connell, senior local fundraising manager for the charity, visited Osmond House to collect the bumper cheque and thank the boys for their fundraising efforts.

Housemaster of Osmond, Paul Lott, commented: “I am delighted with the way in which the boys in Osmond House, and their families, have pulled together in organising events to raise so much money to help fund the Francis Crick Institute for Cancer Research UK in London.”

The Francis Crick Institute is a visionary collaboration between six of the world’s leading medical research organisations, including Cancer Research UK, to create an exciting new centre of research in London’s Kings Cross.

Over the next 12 months, Osmond House will be supporting the Tom’s Trust, which was set up in 2011 in memory of Tom Whiteley, a local boy who died of a brain tumour in November 2010, just seven months after being diagnosed with a malignant medulloblastoma brain tumour. Tom was aged just 9.

The trust’s main aim is to raise money to fund Paediatric Oncology Clinical Psychologists at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to help treat children with brain tumours, and support their families. The trust also aims to identify and work with a second UK hospital providing the Clinical Psychology provision within a second rehabilitation service, and to generally raise awareness of children with brain tumours in the UK.

To find out more about the Tom’s Trust, including how you can support the charity, please visit

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