17 May 2013

Pupils from the two leading girls’ schools in the region donned their running shoes to train together in advance of next Sunday’s Children’s Cancer Run in Gosforth Park.

The girls from Jesmond based Central Newcastle High School and Church High School have been busy practising for the five mile run and raising money ahead of the big day, which is aimed at raising vital funds for the North of England’s Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) fund.

Over 150 girls, teachers and parents from both schools will be taking part in the run and expect to raise thousands of pounds. This joint initiative is just one of many the girls have been involved in as the two schools prepare to merge in September 2014 to form a brand new school, Newcastle High School for Girls.

Judith Cunningham, Head of Church High Junior School, said: “We are proud to be supporting such a great cause and the girls have been training hard to get themselves ready for the run. This joint event is just one of the many exciting opportunities the girls have to look forward to now that the two schools are working closely together.

“We place great importance on encouraging children of all ages and abilities to take part in sport. The girls have had such a positive experience preparing for the event together and are enjoying lots of fun in the great outdoors.”

Angela Charlton, Head of Junior School at Central High, said: “The Children’s Cancer Run is a great event with a true family feel. It has offered a lovely opportunity to bring the girls from Central High and Church High together to raise money for a cause we feel passionate about. Cancer touches the lives of so many people and this is a charity close to all of our hearts. We will be focusing on having fun and enjoying the day, but most of all hope that the girls will raise a great deal of money for this worthwhile charity.”

Central High and Church High have strong reputations for sporting excellence as well as for getting involved in charity work. The Children’s Cancer Run is a perfect way to bring together both sets of skills.

Young runner, Daisy Pass, age 10 from Central High, said: “Training for the Cancer Run has been fun, especially as we have been meeting up with the girls from Church High. I want to run the race as fast as I can and raise a lot of money to help children who have cancer. I’m really proud to be involved.”

Year 5 pupil, Harriett Marshall-Waddle, age 10, from Church High, said: “We can’t wait for the run on Sunday. We have really enjoyed getting ready for it with our friends from Central. We have had lots of fun outside of the classroom!”

Chairman of the Children’s Cancer Run, Chris Peacock, is looking forward to the 31st run next Sunday, he said: “It is great to see girls from Central High and Church High coming together to take part in the Run and we are glad to see they’ve been busy preparing for the big day.

“Money raised by the event directly benefits the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, which is based at the RVI and Newcastle University. Over the past 30 years money raised for NECCR has enabled the discovery of vital new treatments which bring hope to the children of the North East. The run offers a fantastic day out for all the family whatever the weather and there’s still time to sign up – simply visit the website for more information.”

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Picture:Girls from Central High and Church High get set for big fundraising event