Village school classes take on Race for Life challenge

Participants Isabella Moreton, Sophie Bayne Powell, Ellen Vine, Alex Moss, Joe Boyd, Ollie Zeffert, Samuel Jenkinson and Hannah James with their Year 5 Class teacher and event organiser Jemma Howe.
Participants Isabella Moreton, Sophie Bayne Powell, Ellen Vine, Alex Moss, Joe Boyd, Ollie Zeffert, Samuel Jenkinson and Hannah James with their Year 5 Class teacher and event organiser Jemma Howe.

Children at Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School pulled together to raise more than £1,200 for charity on Thursday, May 26.

All classes from reception to Year 6 took part in the school’s first Race for Life for Cancer Research UK, dressed in a sea of pink.

After the race, a medal was awarded to each child, as well as home baked biscuit, courtesy of a parent who generously donated the welcome treat.

Class teacher Jemma Howe, who organised the event, said: “We are very proud of what the children have achieved, they are all well-deserved recipients of their medals, which I am sure they will keep proudly.”

Sponsorship money collected so far has reached a total of £1,220.50 for the national charity.

As is custom with Cancer Research events, the runners turned out in a variety of pink outfits, sporting all manner of garments from pink socks to tutus and bunny onesies.

A track was marked out around the school field and the group of 190 youngsters gave it their all to get around the course as quickly as possible.

Headteacher Charlie King said: “It was inspiring to see all of the children of Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School participating fully in running for such a worthwhile cause and many of them ran far further than we or they had expected.”

In a school newsletter, Mrs Howe thanked all the children and their families and friends for their support and endeavours for charity.

It was felt that the national research fund was an appropriate choice of charity as a well-known name in the fight against cancer.

The illness can affect people of any age and many people know somebody who has been affected by the condition.

Pictured are children from class 5 with their teacher Mrs Howe holding their medals for completing the course.

The event is not the only charity fundraiser supported by the village school this month.

Six staff members took on a race of their own with a ‘Mud Monsers Run’ challenge to raise money for Chestnut Tree Hospice on Sunday May 29.

The team has received £275 worth of donations according to a justgiving page.