Youngsters at schools in Lowestoft put their best feet forward to raise thousands of pounds for cancer charity

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Schools across Lowestoft have raised thousands of pounds completing their very own Race for Life events.

Youngsters from Woods Loke primary school take part in a charity race for life event.PHOTO: Nick But

Youngsters from Woods Loke primary school take part in a charity race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of children, staff and family members at three schools in the town took up the challenge in supporting Cancer Research UK's Race for Life.

Children at Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics stepped out on a sunny afternoon, as youngsters across Years 7 to 10 held their own Race for Life.

After encouraging one another to run, walk or jog the course, they were each given a medal at the end of the race.

So far they have raised more than £2,500 and with sponsor monies still being collected, a spokesman for the academy in Blyford Road said this was 'above all expectations'.

Youngsters from Woods Loke primary school take part in a charity race for life event.PHOTO: Nick But

Youngsters from Woods Loke primary school take part in a charity race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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Amy Mullen-Brown, a Year 10 student, said: 'I felt extremely proud to see everyone getting involved in something that could have a big impact on the lives of others.'

Andy George, assistant head-master, added: 'Children here at Benjamin Britten have always fully embraced charitable events such as this. We are really proud of their commitment.'

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Almost 500 children, aged between four and 11, took part in their own Race for Life at Woods Loke Primary School. Jo Pawlett, admin officer at the school in Butley Drive, Oulton Broad, said it was 'a lovely event'.

With the school council and teacher Heather Stoddart overseeing the event, Mrs Pawlett added: 'So far, as a school, we have raised £1,910 for the Race for Life charity which is a fantastic total, with more monies coming in. To have raised nearly £2,000 is incredible.'

Gunton Primary academy race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Gunton Primary academy race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pupils at Gunton Primary Academy were joined by parents and staff for an inaugural Race for Life for families event. Participants received medals after walking or running around three routes on the school grounds in Gainsborough Drive, with Year 6 sports leaders and PE teacher Alex Kounnas overseeing the event.

Headteacher Matthew Jordan said: 'It has been a nice community event, with a good turnout of parents and we are very proud to host it for such a great cause.'

With the final amounts still being tallied, such was the success of the event that the school is looking to hold another Race for Life in the future.

Have you got a Lowestoft education story? Email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

Gunton Primary academy race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Gunton Primary academy race for life event.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

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