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St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School added Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to the timetable for the summer term.

The school recently hosted a special event on their playing field as part of Race for Life’s schools programme, (pictured below).

Race for Life at St Francis Xavier s

Approximately 130 children, aged from 3 to 11 years old, joined forces with members of staff to take on cancer and walk, jog or run in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Teachers used a schools’ resource kit specially created by the charity, which included everything needed to stage the event as well as an assembly plan and top fundraising tips.

Mr Collins, the head teacher at St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, said, “Race for Life is a great addition to the school timetable. The children trained during some of their PE lessons as well as sharing their stories of how cancer has touched the lives of so many people we know.

“The whole school supported the event so it was a real team effort and a great day for parents, children and staff, all whilst raising money for such an excellent cause.

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

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 Carr, head of Race for Life, said, “Race for Life Schools is a fantastic way to have fun, get fit and save lives. Young people today are the generation who could see ground-breaking treatments and cures for cancer in their lifetime. They will be the researchers and lifesavers of tomorrow. But first, we need them to be the fundraisers of today – and walk, jog and run to help beat cancer sooner.”