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On Wednesday 25th November, the year 13s had a guest speaker, Tom Miller, from Oddballs Foundation. 

The Foundation raises awareness of Testicular Cancer across the UK. Ambassadors, like Tom, visit schools, universities and workplaces, delivering talks on Testicular Cancer; reminding men to check their balls – and removing any stigma and embarrassment about it! 

Oddballs are proud to donate to, support and make underwear for some brilliant charities. Over the past 6 years they have donated in excess of £400,000.

They have developed partnerships with some of the biggest sporting bodies and teams in the world, including: The British & Irish Lions (coming soon), England Rugby, Welsh Rugby Union, The Wallabies, England Football, England Cricket, Welsh FA and hundreds of professional clubs across the UK and around the World.

Students were told of the importance of checking themselves; how to do so and what to look out for. They were also told about what to do if they ever found something abnormal or worrying, and were informed about the incredible community available to them if they ever needed advice, or just someone to talk to.

All students were incredibly grateful for the talk, and responded in the mature manner we have come to expect from them all. 

We asked one of our health and social care students what they thought of the talk, ‘Although it will never affect me directly (as I’m a girl!), it’s still really important we help remove the stigma and normalise conversations on testicular cancer. It is something that could one day affect someone we know, so it’s important to know what to do and who we can talk to.’

Here is a guide to one of their self-check guides:

https://www.myoddballs.com/pages/check-your-self-guide 

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