IT students help Huntingdonshire cancer patients connect with services

Longsands students (from left) Matthew Hurrell, Daniel Thorpe, Owen Standage and James Cass, with pa

Longsands students (from left) Matthew Hurrell, Daniel Thorpe, Owen Standage and James Cass, with patient Anita Higgs, Gini Melesi of the Hunts Community Cancer Network and Judy Duddridge of St Neots Community Learning. - Credit: Archant

A team of talented IT students have designed a website that will provide vital information for cancer patients.

Longsands Academy Year 10s Matthew Hurrell, Daniel Thorpe and Owen Standage, all aged 15, and James Cass, 14, have been working with the newly-formed Hunts Community Cancer Network.

The charity supports the work of cancer nurses from Woodlands at Hinchingbrooke Hospital who look after patients in their own homes.

The link came about thanks to St Neots Community Learning, which is based at Longsands and has been working in partnership with the network.

Together, they have set up a range of activities for people living with the disease, from yoga and meditation to cooking and creative writing.

Cancer patient Anita Higgs, of Beech Avenue, Great Stukeley, who has taken part in the activities, was invited to see what the students had created.

She said: “I think it’s amazing they’ve given their time to do this. It will be a great way for other patients to access the activities that are on offer.”

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Community cancer nurse specialist Gini Melesi said: “The lads who have worked with us have been really great and so enthusiastic. They’re brilliant.”

The construction of the website, which started in October and continues during the students’ computer science after-school club, is due to be complete in the near future.

Owen said: “It’s been really educational. We have learned a lot about web design and it has been rewarding to work for a good cause.”

Longsands head of IT Paul Doyle said the students had been guinea pigs for a computer science GCSE course due to start in September.

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