Perse pupils raise over £7500 for Cancer Research UK
On 28th and 29th September, after open morning, 63 Year 11 pupils and six members of staff camped overnight at Wilberforce Road and took part in Cambridgeshire’s first ever Relay for Life event. Seven teams of between eight and ten members joined together to take it in turns to run or walk around a track for 24 hours to signify that ‘cancer never sleeps’. At first all pupils were lively and did their laps at quite a pace, but soon the reality of the 24 hour event dawned! However, all pupils showed immense strength and determination and all of the teams rose to the challenge. A special mention has to go to Freddie Follows and Ciaran Flaherty who both ran marathon distances, and Caroline Howard who never dropped to even a walk on her slots. Others members found other ways to challenge themselves by rolling (Micheal Chan), crawling (Jamie Bolt) or lunging (Tristan Alphey) around the track.
Food was of course vital during this event and we would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Brenton who ordered Domino’s pizzas for 63! Many of the pupils also bought home-baked goodies and we feasted on rocky road, brownies and chocolate cake – vital in the early hours of the morning when temperatures and morale started to drop. Most impressive was Alex Vale who took on the five o’clock in the morning shift and ran 10km until 7.00am and Maddie Baron who walked for four hours non-stop, allowing their teams to snatch a few hours of sleep.
Perse pupils also provided some of the entertainment for the event and ‘Fight Against Silence’ and ‘Reverberations’ had their debut public performances! Their performance of The Eye of the Tiger got a huge response and got us round as the lactic acid was starting to burn. Thank you to Nick Clark, Harry Coates, James Tunsley and Adil Webster for their hard work and professional performance.
Although the Relay was great fun, the Candle of Hope Ceremony reminded us of why we were working so hard. Lead by a little girl aged 4, herself a cancer survivor, the teams walked an emotional lap silently around the track lit by candles to remember those lost due to cancer. The teams also put a huge amount of effort into fundraising for this event that supports Cancer Research UK. Over the last few months they have been washing cars, running car boot sales and organising quizzes. All the money raised from our non-school uniform day on Wednesday 25th September was added to their fundraising total, and so far over £7500 has been raised.
Well done to all of those involved – everyone should be very proud of what they have achieved.