Walsall teenager battling cancer raises £2,000 for charity

By Megan Archer | Walsall | News | Published:

A teenager battling cancer and undergoing gruelling chemotherapy treatment has selflessly raised more than £2,000 in just five days for the charity that helped her.

Pictured from left: Tahia Aziza, Nazifa Hussain, Maryam Amin, Fizah Habib, Sania Mehmood and centre left, Parese Ahmed from the trust and organiser Ammarah Lorgat

Ammarah Lorgat, a pupil at Joseph Leckie Academy in Walsall, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma just before Christmas.

Despite the shock, and having to suddenly be put through chemotherapy, the 16-year-old decided she wanted to raise money for charity Teenage Cancer Trust, to help other children suffering like her.

Ammarah said: "I wanted to fundraise for Teenage Cancer Trust as they are a great charity at helping young people with cancer. They use events and social gatherings to help us meet others going through the same thing.

"They have already boosted my confidence and helped me make new friends."

The student enlisted the help of her classmates at Joseph Leckie and together, through bake sales, making and selling sweet cones, and selling samosas, they raised an impressive £2050.97. The pupils presented a cheque to the charity on Monday. [12 feb]

Ammarah added: "I was overwhelmed with the amoount of support given by my school and the genorosity of my friends and teachers. I really appreciate it and know the money will be put to good use."

Head of Year 11, Alison Devey said: "I couldn't believe it really. This was all organised by Ammarah, which is amazing as she is going through treatment. It's been all about raising money for other people, and not doing something for herself. Her year group really got behind her, they've done so well."

Ammarah, who lives in Palfrey, Walsall, is still undergoing treatment but is coming into school as much as she can to catch up on her studies and meet with friends.

Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system - part of the immune system - which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body.

Despite being a relatively aggressive cancer, which can quickly spread through the body, it's also easily treated.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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