PSU Donates Spring Tech Dance Profits to Chemo Hero

On Wednesday 15th March Petroc students donned their capes and all-important masks, vital for hiding their true identities, in an effort to transform themselves into their favourite superheroes. The theme of this year’s Spring Tech Dance, ‘Superheroes for Chemo Hero’, proved a popular one attracting special guests such as Wolverine, Wonder Woman and the Mario Bros to name a few. Photos from the night can be viewed on the Tech Dance Facebook page or by clicking here.

Last month the Student Union met with the founder of Chemo Hero, Lisa Wallis, to handover the profits raised for the local charity as a result of the Spring Tech Dance. Lisa shared her story and reasons for founding the charity with the Student Union’s Executive Committee. Lisa is a two time survivor of cancer, who set up the charity after her own experiences of chemotherapy. She commented on how patients often left their first treatment with little more than a bunch of leaflets, and felt that she could do something to help add a little positivity to the process. Inspired by the ‘bounty boxes’ given to new mothers, Lisa created the ‘boxes of kindness’ that Chemo Hero are now known for. These boxes generally contain items which can help make the treatments more comfortable, although there are some products which are included with the simple intention of putting a smile on the receiver’s face. Each box might include such things as hand moisturiser and skincare products, bottled water, tea bags, fluffy socks, pill boxes and colouring books, as well as vouchers for a day out or free beauty/pamper treatments.

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Founder of Chemo Hero, Lisa Wallis (second from right), with PSU 16/17 and 17/18 Officers.

The Officers greatly admire all the hard work Chemo Hero does to help those in the local area who face the often unpleasant treatments that result from the already devastating diagnosis of cancer. They were all in awe of Lisa’s ability to turn her own painful experiences into something so positive. It was therefore with great pride and joy they handed over a total donation of £1’706.34.




Post-16 Mental Health: useful sources of information Websites

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If you’re worried about your own, or someone else’s mental health the links listed below offer a range of resources targeted at students with the aim of educating you on a variety of Mental Health conditions, how and where to seek help and how to look after your, or a friend’s, mental wellbeing. There’s also several articles on how to deal with and overcome exam stress and anxiety as we know that this can be a particularly stressful and overwhelming time of year for most students.

For more things mental health check out the Petroc Mental Health Committee Facebook page by clicking here.

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The voice for young people’s mental health & well-being
Mental Health Charity – A-Z of mental health particularly useful
Most anxiety-related issues covered in detail
Excellent CBT-style approach to anxiety. NOTE: same website also offers info on depression, suicide, psychosis & many other conditions
General info on anxiety and details of youth helpline
General resources and personal stories about MH
Most MH conditions aimed at young people and teachers
Very good resources geared towards YPMH
Booklets on many MH conditions
Young people & Suicide
Issues around depression
A-Z of key MH issues & conditions
CBT-style approach to depression. Clearly explained
Many, well-written NHS self-help booklets

Useful Links for Exam Stress

keep calm and study on