College staff and students come together to raise awareness for charity

May 12, 2016 | Local News

A number of different course areas from East Durham College have come together this week to put on a number of events to help raise awareness for the Childhood Eye Cancer Charity Trust (CHECT).

This week is CHECT’s world retinoblastoma awareness week, with this year’s theme being In the dark.

Events across the week at the college have included visually impaired bricklaying, blindfolded mannequin beard trims, hair styles and beauty treatments, visually impaired art and the sport department have held blindfolded boxing spars and blindfolded penalty shootouts.

The Scene1 restaurant is also holding a dinner in the dark event and the week will be rounded off with a walk in the dark around Peterlee on Friday evening.

The female only walk in the dark is open to everyone who would like to take part. People will be meeting in the Black Bull, Peterlee, from 7.30 with the walk starting 9pm. The dress code for the event is black with glow in the dark accessories provided on the evening.

College lecturer Alison Scattergood, from Peterlee, has organised the events as she was herself was diagnosed with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma at just six weeks old. She was successfully treated for the condition at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary.

Alison said: “All the teams at the college this week have been fantastic.

“There has been a really community spirit around college this week in an aim to raise awareness for CHECT.

“We have had some really good events going on around the different course areas, we have had some great fun around the college campuses but have also raised awareness about retinoblastoma.

“The walk in the dark will be a fitting end to a brilliant week and I would love to see as many people as possible come along and take part.”