Lowestoft school holds own Race for Life to support staff and pupils affected by cancer

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

A Lowestoft school has held its own Race for Life fundraiser in support of pupils and staff who have been affected by cancer.

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Pupils Ryan and Casey with their medals. Picture : ANTONY K

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Pupils Ryan and Casey with their medals. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Roman Hill Primary School held the event at Barnards Meadow on Thursday, with children from nursery up to Year 6 completing the fun run in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Many of the children were joined by their parents, who collected their own sponsorship, and medals were handed out to everyone that took part.

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. School welfare manager Natalie Taylor and PE coordinator Ry

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. School welfare manager Natalie Taylor and PE coordinator Ryan Forwood with the message board. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

Ryan Forwood, the school's PE coordinator, organised the event, which was held for the first time this year.

He said: 'We have had a couple of children who have recently lost their parents or grandparents to cancer, and some of the staff have had their own battles. 'The main thing we wanted to do is show that the school is a supportive community and we are here to help them.

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

'It united us a lot more than I thought it was going to and to see staff, parents and children come together was really quite humbling.'

Each year group was given 20 minutes to complete as many laps of the 600m track as they could, with the youngsters encouraged to run, walk, hop, skip, jump or take on some of the obstacles at the side of the track.

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Roman Hill Primary School Race for Life. Picture : ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

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Mr Forwood said: 'The children could do it however they wanted. All I asked was that they didn't stop, because I told them people with cancer don't stop they have to keep battling on.

'The day couldn't have gone any better. There was a really big buzz, all the staff were positive and all the children were smiling and having fun.'

Each pupil paid a £1 donation to take part, with funds boosted by parents' sponsorship.

And combined with money raised from a bake sale, jewellery sale, cake raffle and a staff vs pupils cricket match at the school, around £4,000 has been raised.

'We set ourselves a target of £1,500 so we are really pleased,' said Mr Forwood. 'It is amazing what can be achieved when people come together.'

To sponsor the school visit https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/roman-hill-primary-school

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