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College backs national cancer campaign to help support colleagues best mate

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A team from Suffolk Rural College donned their favourite football shirts for work today in aid of charity.

Football Shirt Friday is an annual campaign organised by Cancer Research UK to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and is run in association with The Bobby Moore Fund.

Tom Ramsden and the team at Suffolk Rural

The college support was organised by Tom Marsden – an inclusive learning lecturer at the Suffolk Rural Campus.

Tom’s best friend Gary is currently receiving treatment for stage four bowel cancer and this is one of a number of fundraisers Tom has been involved in. Other previous events include a football fun day, a three peaks challenge and thanks to these events and Football Shirt Friday, around £67,000 has been raised to support Gary’s non-NHS treatment.

Tom – an Ipswich Town and Spurs fan said: “Bowel Cancer is the biggest cancer killer of under 40s in the UK and it is important to spread awareness. My colleagues have got behind the campaign which is very heartwarming that they want to support me and my good friend Gary.

“We have more activities planned later in the year including a football game in the summer.”

If you would like to support Gary you can do so via GoFundMe:

Posted 26 April 2024