St Laurence Junior Academy pupils race to raise money for Cancer Research UK

St Laurence pupils raised almost £3,000

Pupils at St Laurence Junior Academy in Ramsgate have taken part in their own Race for Life event.

Children at the Newington Road school sought sponsorship from friends and family to complete a one-mile run around the playing field in aid of Cancer Research UK. Year 6 pupils were in charge of organising the day’s events and took up roles such as marshalling, cheerleading, photography, presenting medals and selling cakes and refreshments to the deserving pupils at the finish line.

With many of the school’s pupils having had their lives touched in some way by cancer, children filled in cards to wear during the race with the names of those they were running for. The children raised a total of £2931 –far exceeding expectations.

Assistant head teacher Louise Buckland said: “I am so proud of our pupils for their hard work and for raising such an incredible amount for the charity. The support their families and friends have shown has been overwhelming and everyone should feel extremely proud about what has been achieved.

“Our youngsters are the generation that could see ground-breaking treatments and cures for cancer in their lifetime; they’re the rising stars who could be the researchers and lifesavers of tomorrow.”

Representatives from Cancer Research UK in Ramsgate were presented with a cheque and explained to pupils the impact that the money raised would have on the charity.

Special thanks were made to Tesco Manston, which donated £20 worth of refreshments for the children.