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Social media silence to raise awareness of head and neck diseases

A school girl from Herefordshire, Alice Bridge, who took part in a sponsored silence last year has now sparked a larger campaign, calling for a social media silence. The campaign has been designed to raise awareness of the possible effects of head and neck diseases.

Get A-Head, a charity based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, has launched the social media campaign, entitled “Get A-Head’s Social Silence”, which will take place on the 16th September.


What inspired the campaign?

In November 2014, Alice took part in a one day sponsored silence to raise money in memory of Anne Arousseau, who died in October 2014 from Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, and had helped raise money for the Get A-Head charity before she died.

Alice raised £300 for the charity which specialises in helping those with head and neck diseases by funding research, helping purchase equipment for patients and supporting medical and education professionals who help people with head and neck diseases.


What does #GAHSocialSilence involve?

As part of the campaign, Get A-Head are encouraging people not to post on social media for 24 hours on the 16th September – using the hashtag #GAHSocialSilence to show you will not be posting on the day.

Get A – Head has also set up a text code for the campaign, for people to contribute to if they wish – people can text:  SHHH24 £3 to 70070 to donate to Get A-Head.

The social silence hopes to raise awareness of the effects that head and neck diseases can have, including difficulties in speaking as individuals may need to have their voice box removed.

Louise Newton, charity manager of Get A-Head, said of the social media campaign:

In the work that we do, we see patients that lose their voice, which is just one of many devastating effects of head and neck cancer, which means their main means of communication, is lost.

“Individuals who contribute to the one day social media silence will gain an insight into what losing that ability to communicate can mean even for a short time.”


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