Every child and adult from a local primary school took part in their own Race for Life event this morning which has raised over £1000 so far.
(Update: 10th November. The total raised now stands at £2140.25 and the school still needs to collect Gift Aid on the cash collected so it will rise again when that is passed over.)
The School Council at St Anne's Fulshaw recently decided that they would like to support Cancer Research UK's Race for Life fundraising efforts by organising their own race around the local area. They believe that it is important to help people and to take part in fundraising to support a range of different charities throughout the year.
Everyone took part today (Thursday, 22nd October), with the youngest running a lap of the school grounds and the older children running several laps along Chapel Lane, South Oak Lane, Gravel Lane and Nursery Lane to make up the 5k.
The event was organised by Mrs Penny Thomas, the school's deputy headteacher, with support from parents, grandparents, volunteers and governors who manned the whole route ensuring that the children were safe and having fun.
Children and staff have been very busy collecting sponsorship and the school had surpassed their online target of £500 before the event had even started! Currently the amount raised totals over £1000 with much more sponsorship to be collected and added over the half term holiday.
Clare Daniel, headteacher, said "We are so proud of all our children, from those felt the moral and social duty to help others, to those who organised and of course all of those who ran and raised such a large amount for Cancer Research UK. Today would not have been possible without the support and involvement of so many parents, grandparents and friends who lined the course, cheered our children on and, of course, have given so generously. I continue to be amazed just what our small but determined community can achieve together."
The fundraising page will remain open for some time after the event and a final update will be shared at the end of November.