Tamworth Enterprise College raises thousands in 100-squat challenge

Friday, 26th February 2021

STAFF and students at Tamworth Enterprise College have pledged to do thousands of squat exercises in a bid to raise funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The fundraisers have each done 100 squats a day for all of February, totalling 2,800 squats over the course of the month.

The fundraising campaign was launched after Emma Downes, a year 11 student at the school, was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2020.

Seeing the support Emma has received from The Teenage Cancer Trust inspired Emma’s classmates to band together to raise money for the charity, which needs funds more now than ever before.

The campaign has increased its fundraising targets multiple times already as donations flood in from families and their local community. The students have already raised nearly £11,000, and hope to raise £12,000 in total.

Emma’s Mum Rebecca said: 

“We’re so grateful to the staff and students at Emma’s school, Tamworth Enterprise College, for getting behind the 2800 Squat Challenge which is raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

“It’s wonderful for us to see Emma’s friends and fellow students have fun and get fit for this brilliant cause. Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words “you have cancer” and many young people find themselves feeling isolated, scared and lacking control.

“Teenage Cancer Trust’s world-leading care and support puts young people in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond. Thank you again and keep squatting!’

Emma Downes

Emma Downes, a student from TEC.

Clare Carpenter, Director of Key Stage 4 at Tamworth Enterprise College, said: 

“We are all so grateful to The Teenage Cancer Trust for the support they have shown Emma and her family, and we wanted to give something back and show our support for Emma as well. Living with cancer is hard enough as a teenager, but even harder when we’re living through a global pandemic, and the work the Trust does is so important.

“Emma is one determined young lady who has a whole team of supporters around her. Her Mum has also joined our team, and Emma, unbelievably, is going to do as many squats as she can manage too. Our school community has been fantastic and we are all going to show Emma just how much support she has!”

Here’s the link if anybody would like to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/team/TeamTECforEmma

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