Pupils brave the winter chill in support of Cancer Research

11th January 2019

Hundreds of pupils from a North Yorkshire School donned fancy dress, braved the bitterly cold January weather and traversed an obstacle course as they conquered the Race for Life in an attempt to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Cundall Manor School held the event on Wednesday 9 January, with pupils as young as FOUR and as old as 13 taking part in the race.

Pupils from the school, based between Ripon and Thirsk, braved the weather to take on cancer and walk, jog or run in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. The fancy dress theme saw innovative outfits take to the course. Several pupils also decided to work together to tackle the course and compete in their own three-legged challenge.

Louise Bessey, Head of Girls’ Games at Cundall Manor School, said: “The Race for Life is a great addition to the school calendar. This is the third year we have completed the race and we have raised thousands of pounds for an unbelievable charity. The whole school community is supporting the event so it is something that really brings everyone together, all whilst raising money for a wonderful cause.”

“Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer and we all have our special reasons for taking part and wanting to help more people survive.”

To help the pupils prepare, teachers have been using specially created resources by the charity which includes everything needed to stage the event as well as top fundraising tips.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help fund vital research.

Schools across the UK are being invited to hold their own Race for Life events in aid of the charity. They can choose a day that fits with the term calendar and pick a distance which suits the age and abilities of all pupils.

Rachel Speight-McGregor, Cancer Research UK’s Local Fundraising Manager said: “It’s fantastic to see that the pupils at Cundall Manor have taken on yet another inspiring fundraising challenge – braving the cold weather, to raise much-needed funds for Cancer Research UK. We thank them all for their wonderful efforts.”

“Every action, no matter how big or small, makes a real difference in the fight against the disease. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our supporters, just like Cundall Manor School, we can continue to fund world-class research, which will help save more lives. Together, we will beat cancer.”

For more information on the Race for Life at Cundall Manor School or to see more photos from the event visit the school Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cundallmanor