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Hundreds of students run to support cancer sufferers

A group of students in bright pink tutus warm up for a charity 5k run

Published at 11:56am 12th June 2018.

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The students at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate ran 5km, to raise awareness and money in support of victims of cancer. 

The run was part of their Cancer Awareness Week. The week focuses on encouraging discussion of cancer among students, helping to tackle the uncertainty faced by students whose lives have been affected. 

The first event of its kind started three years ago, when the school set up a support group for a student whose mother, Ros, had cancer. 

Lizzie and Ros, who took part in Cancer Awareness Week at Queen Ethelburga's school

Now, three years on, it's a whole school event that is raising money for cancer research. Each student donated £2 to enter, and they were rewarded for their efforts at the end of the race with a medal.

Some students even choose to dress up to make the event even more fun, sporting plenty of pink. 

Students from all age groups that the school teaches take part, with a shorter 1km and 3km for the youngest students.

Thanks to all the support surrounding the event, generous donations meant that around £2,500 has been raised for Cancer Research UK. 

A sign on a student's back saying that she is running in support of her Grandma, Bampi, and Uncle

Ben Franklin, Beth Parsons and Tom Harland from Stray FM also took part and spoke to to teachers and students about their involvement in the race:

 

 

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