Schools raise £2,000 for Cancer Research
Published at 11:26, Friday, 08 June 2012
TWELVE schools in Allerdale have joined forces to raise £2,000 for a cancer charity.
Around 3,000 youngsters from schools in Workington, Seaton and Flimby held events in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to rack up the cash.
The idea was the brainchild of Workington Tesco’s community champion Alison Sharpe who has an £8,000 charity target for Cancer Research UK.
Mrs Sharpe works closely with schools in the area as part of her role, which was introduced after the 2009 floods to bring the community closer together. She decided to get the pupils on board in her charity fundraising task by asking them to hold Jubilee-themed events in their schools. Pupils, staff and parents all took part in the events which ranged from non-uniform days to royal tea parties.
“I have worked hard with these schools and its nice to see that hard work pay off,” said Mrs Sharpe.
“I’m just overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved. It has been a full school event, with everyone getting involved and joining in from children, teachers, staff and parents.
“Cancer affects everybody and I don’t think it does children any harm to be made aware of it at an early age.”
Schools which took part in the events were Workington’s Stainburn School and Science College, Northside, Ashfield Juniors, Westfield, Victoria Juniors, St Gregory’s, St Patrick’s and St Michael’s School. Youngsters from Seaton Academy and pupils at Flimby School also raised money.
Staff at Tesco also held a charity drive at the weekend with a Disney-themed Jubilee party.
Seaton’s Amy Irving dressed up as Rapunzel for the in-store party and held colouring competitions and other party games for customers.
Staff dressed up as members of the Royal Family and there was a disco, featuring music from the past 60 years. The event raised £500 for Cancer Research UK.
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