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School Races for Life for Cancer Research

More than 200 children, parents and staff from a York primary school took part in their very own Race for Life today to raise money for Cancer Research.

The event, which was organised in partnership with Cancer Research UK, was held at Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy in Strensall, as part of their National School Sport Week activities.

Gareth Jones, Teacher and PE leader at Robert Wilkinson and event organiser said: “We wanted to do something meaningful as part of National School Sport Week, so we chose Race for Life as it benefits everybody. The pupils get the opportunity to take part in a fun race and stay active, whilst at the same time the charity gets lots of good exposure for the tireless work that they do. Cancer is affecting more and more people and we want to raise awareness and fundraise as a school to do our bit to help. We set a small fundraising target of £200 which we have now surpassed, so we’re hopeful that the total will keep climbing.

“We want to promote healthy lifestyles for all our pupils and if we can help charities too, even better.  As a school within the Ebor Academy Trust, we work really closely with other partner schools, so we’re hoping to collaborate on similar events in the future.”

The school, which has over 700 pupils, put on a fortnight of sporting events and activities focused around National School Sport Week in addition to the charity race, to provide as many opportunities as possible. The children took part in a sports day, football tournaments, specialist tennis coaching, cheerleading, dance, mini assault courses and a whole school outdoor dance, which over 700 pupils and staff took part in.

Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy is part of the Ebor Academy Trust, a growing multi-academy trust with ten schools across Yorkshire and a further five scheduled to join in September.

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