The Perse School

Students raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK in Relay for Life

17 Sep 2015

Last weekend, over 60 Year 11 pupils and staff took part in the ‘Relay for Life’, an event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. This annual event took place at the Cambridge University athletics ground, and represents the reality that ‘cancer never sleeps’.

Each team was required to have at least one member on the track, walking or running, for 24 hours. The relay was kicked off with a survivors’ lap of honour, where those who had beaten cancer came together for a lap around the track. The students also enjoyed themed laps where they were encouraged to complete their laps dressed as superheroes and in their finest ‘onesies’! A silent disco took place throughout the night, and there was even a glow in the dark lap for those students running the night shifts.

A ‘candle of hope’ ceremony was also held, where decorated candle bags were placed around the track to pay tribute to those affected by cancer.

Many Perse students achieved marathon distances over the course of the 24 hour relay, with some even completing two, and a group of students also managed to walk for a gruelling 12 hours non-stop – a fantastic achievement all round.

Through completing the Relay for Life, holding bake sales and washing cars, pupils have raised over £3,400 so far, with more to come as they hold a non-uniform day tomorrow.

Well done to all of the students and staff who displayed great perseverance and teamwork during this event, raising funds and awareness for this deserving cause.


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