Thatcham school runs its own Race for Life

Whitelands Park event inspired by one of its pupils

John Herring


John Herring


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WHITELANDS Park Primary School held its own Race for Life, inspired and organised by one of its pupils.

Pupils raced around the Henwick Worthy playing fields on Friday to raise money for Cancer Research.

The event, inspired by the Race for Life for women, was the brainchild of Year 5 pupil Freddie King to help a relative.

“My auntie has cancer and I wanted to help her,” the 10-year-old said.

The determined youngster organised a meeting with his headteacher Matthew Irving and joined the fundraising committee set up by the Sagecroft Road school.

The total amount raised is still being totted up, but it will be boosted by £206 from a cake sale.

Speaking about the event, Freddie said: “I feel really proud of myself and really happy.”

Proud father James King said that his children had been determined to help after hearing that their auntie’s cancer had returned.

“I’m very proud of them, especially Freddie. He was quite nervous in the run up because he wanted it to go well.”

On the event, Mr King said: “It was a great event, it went very well. Considering it was a whole school-worth of kids running round the field it was surprisingly well organised.

“All the kids were excited to be there.

“People had race for life stickers on their backs, cancer has not just affected us personally, it’s had an effect on others.

“A lot of people have been touched by it and wanted to get involved.

He praised the school for enabling his son to help in whatever way he could. 

“They have been nothing but supportive. It showed how close knit the school is having kids, parents and teachers joining in such  a fantastic event.”

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