Young Sunderland runners take part in Race for Life

Some of the staff and pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.
Some of the staff and pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.
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Big-hearted youngsters at a city school put their best feet forward for charity.

The children at Town End Academy donned their trainers to take part in the Race for Life for schools, to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

Pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.

Pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.

Youngsters of all ages, from three to 11 years old, were joined by staff to run, jog and walk around the grounds for the charity.

Pam Durey, a teacher at the primary school, said they had been overwhelmed with the generosity of families and the community and are expecting to raise a lot of money when the sponsorship funds come in.

She said: “The Race for Life was a great addition to the school timetable.

“Everyone was really looking forward to taking part and the whole school supported the event, so it was a really enjoyable day for everyone, all the while raising money for a wonderful cause.”

Pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.

Pupils at Town End Farm Primary School, Borodin Avenue, Sunderand, taking part in a Race for Life on Friday, raising money for cancer Research UK.

Mrs Durey said everyone has been touched by cancer in some way and many of the runners had their own special reasons for taking part.

The teacher said they have been staggered by the amount people have already pledged, including one little boy in nursery and his family managing to raise more than £400 themselves and another more than £300.

She said: “I put a target for £1,000 for this, but it looks like we are going to completely smash that.”

Mrs Durey said over the past few months the school, which has less than 250 pupils, had also raised £1,000 for Macmillan, £250 for Children in Need, £220 for the Poppy Appeal, have collected scores of tins of food for a homeless project and also filled 126 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Nichola Fullard, headteacher at the Borodin Avenue school, said: “I want to say a massive thank you to all of the students, staff and parents and the whole community for the fantastic support.

“It is coming up to Christmas and yet the support we have been given and the money people have been donating is amazing.”