Tonbridge Pink Day raises £5,000 for cancer charities

Tonbridge School's annual Pink Day was bolder and brighter than ever as boys and staff dressed in pink to raise awareness of all forms of cancer. The event raised more than £5,000 for the charities Breast Cancer Kent and Breast Cancer Now.

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5th November 2021 — Tonbridge School's annual Pink Day was bolder and brighter than ever as boys and staff dressed in pink to raise awareness of all forms of cancer.

The event, which took place on Friday 15 October, raised more than £5,000 for the charities Breast Cancer Kent and Breast Cancer Now.

The main School entrance was decorated with huge pink ribbons and the front of the Cawthorne Lecture Theatre sported an enormous bow.

As boys arrived for the start of the day, the site was filled with a spectacular array of costumes, and morning Chapel became a sea of pink.

The Chapel and the Front of School were illuminated in pink light late into the night, prompting many compliments from people as they passed by.

Saturday Chapel, before Pink Day, gave several Tonbridge boys an opportunity to share their own personal experiences of cancer in their families.

As Joe Baldwin, Deputy Head of School, told boys in Chapel: "By wearing a costume, and donating your money, you are showing your support for anyone who is currently going through the challenges of any cancer in their family.

"And if that’s you and your family, then know everyone is supporting you."

Juliet Burnett, the School’s Community Action Manager, said: "Pink Day is a firm fixture in the school calendar and, sadly, we are never short of boys or staff to speak about their personal experiences with cancer.

"Perhaps, if research is funded well enough, we will see a day when there are no more personal stories to be heard, but until that time we will keep fundraising and supporting families."

The other charity to benefit was Tonbridge-based RefugEase, which ran a second-hand clothing stall ahead of the event.

Their sale raised nearly £180 and saw boys picking up some fantastic costumes.

Tonbridge’s Pink Day took place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tonbridge School (Boys 13-18) is a day and boarding school in Kent.

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