Perse community gets glowing to raise funds for Christel House

The Perse was lit up by pupils and staff attempting to Glow the Distance to raise funds for Christel House Schools.

Around 300 members of the Perse community took part in the evening event, forming small teams of runners and walkers to negotiate a one-kilometre circuit at the Upper and collecting glow sticks as they completed each lap.

Sixth Form students and Perse Exploration Society Ascent Group members were on marshalling duty to ensure everyone stayed on course, while BandSoc provided rousing live rock music to keep participants on their toes.

The Perse has been working with Christel House since 2011 and funds raised from the sponsored event will support the foundation’s work in transforming the lives of children in some of the world’s most deprived communities through the building and operation of schools.

Perse Head of Computing & Digital Strategy Paul Baker, who helped organised Glow the Distance, said: “We wanted to come up with something that would be outdoors, because of Covid, and also bring the Perse community together, so it was great to have staff and student teams.

“There were fantastic costumes from some of the teams and it was wonderful to see people ‘glowing’ around the site, so it was all a lot of fun and hopefully we’ll be able to raise lots of funds for Christel House.”

Christel House Giving Week

Sponsors are being asked to make their donations to Christel House during the cause’s Giving Week, which runs from Saturday (4 December) to 12 December, with the first £1,000 raised being doubled up.


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