For the second consecutive year, Peter Symonds College are supporting Breast Cancer Care with some attention grabbing hanging baskets with a difference.
Led by Psychology Teacher Chrissie Rycroft, a team of staff and students have adorned the Peter Symonds campus with hanging baskets made using bras in place of the traditional baskets, and filled with beautiful flowers and foliage in shades of pink, white and purple in keeping with breast cancer awareness.
Many staff members across campus contributed flowers to be used in the bra-skets and money raised from donations from staff and students will go to Breast Cancer Care.
Alongside the hanging bra-skets are tennis balls hung in the Wimbledon colours to promote ‘Wim ball done’ – a project to raise awareness for testicular cancer. This is largely a disease affecting young and middle aged men, but about 6% of cases occur in children and teens. Incidence rates for testicular cancer are projected to rise by 12% in the UK between 2014 and 2035 and the ‘Wim ball done’ initiative hopes to remove the stigma around discussing the issue.
Chrissie says “After the success of last year’s hanging bra-skets campaign we wanted to continue our efforts to promote Breast Cancer Care. This was also a great opportunity to expand the campaign by using the ‘Wim ball done’ tennis balls as an interesting way to explore and discuss some of the issues around testicular cancer.”
Staff, students and local tennis clubs, including Winchester Racquets and Fitness, Andover Tennis club and Salisbury Lawn Tennis Association, donated a total of 200 tennis balls. The staff and students on the College trip to Uganda took 100 tennis balls for the children there. The other 100 went to a refugee camp in the Sudan.