MORE than 300 children from Beech Grove Primary School took part in the school’s annual Race for Life in Wellington Park on Friday 9th February and raised £400 for Cancer Research UK.
Amy Walsh, Key Stage One Leader, who helped to organise the event, said: “It has become the highlight of the year at Beech Grove, an event which children look forward to – and they train hard for the challenge.
“Each year group from Reception to Year 6 is set a different distance to run and all children find it a positive challenge. Parents and carers of Beech Grove pupils come along to support – and they can run too if they wish.
“The Friends of Beech Grove provided hot chocolate and biscuits in the school hall straight after the event.
“Before the race day children learn about why we are raising the money and what it could mean for cancer cures in their lifetime. They decorate their own tag explaining why they are running. Many children have relatives who have had cancer experiences that they share with other children.”
Writing in the school’s newsletter Beech Grove’s Acting Head Teacher Claire Joyce said, “The Race for Life was a huge success. The children did themselves proud, showing perseverance and determination to walk or run their laps. It was lovely to hear them supporting and encouraging one another in true Beech Grove spirit. It was a cold day so the hot chocolate back at school was most welcome! Thank you to all our volunteers and to the FOBG for their help in ensuring the day went smoothly. A ‘Thank you’ must also go to Amy Walsh and Sue Keates for their hard work in organising the day.”