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Children encouraged to leap for Aylesbury charity

The idea is to decorate some bunny ears, take some snaps jumping inside and collect donations online for Lymphoma Action.

Published by Dan Gooding at 3:00pm 31st March 2020. 3-minute read.

Children encouraged to leap for Aylesbury charity

An Aylesbury cancer charity has come up with a new way to fundraise with events cancelled.

Lymphoma Action are asking little ones to 'leap for lymphoma', wearing their own decorated bunny ears and to collect money online.

They say it'll also help with another activity to do with children off school for now.

The fun idea originally came from Sue Hartley, a yoga and mindfulness trainer for young children from Manchester.

Prior to the recent closure of schools, she encouraged a number of primary schools and nurseries that she was working with to take part.

The children she worked with were jumping their 'bunny hops' 27 times to mark the fact that every 27 minutes, someone is diagnosed with lymphoma.

Sue's activities raised have over £700 for Lymphoma Action, and she wanted to raise awareness of the condition and the work of the charity.  

It is a cause close to her heart, after sadly losing her husband to lymphoma last year.

She said:

"I really wanted to help others who are going through a similar situation.

"I also think it is really important to raise awareness of the condition amongst young people. By taking part in an activity like this, children now have an awareness of blood cancer that they will take with them as they grow into young adults."

The charity is so impressed by the idea that they are now rolling it out as a home-based fundraising activity across the country in time for Easter. 

Sarah Thorn, Community and Partnerships Manager at Lymphoma Action said:

"LEAP for lymphoma is such a fantastic idea.

"It's a fun and easy activity for young children to take part in, and encourages them to get creative and stay active whilst they are at home.  

"Not only does it help raise funds for us to continue our work, but it also increases awareness around lymphoma and the work we do as a charity to support those affected by the condition. We are so grateful to Sue for her efforts and support of our work in making sure that no one has to face lymphoma alone."

For further details on Leap for Lymphoma and how you can get involved, click here.

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