Schools combine for cancer charity funds

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Four schools are working together to raise funds for cancer charities.

Their efforts will culminate in three adults taking on the London Marathon.

Children, parents and staff at Old Earth Primary, Luddenden Foot Junior and Infants, Bolton Brow Junior and Infants and Triangle Primary School hoped to raise £5,000 during the school year.

“One of the headteachers was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago – thankfully he’s now doing really well,” said Old Earth headteacher Paul Reynolds.

“It is very close to all the schools’ hearts and it started the school councils, all run by pupils, thinking about how they could help.”

Chloe Shearn, 11, said: “Every year we raise money for different charities. This year we decided to help people who had cancer.”

Mr Reynolds, fellow Old Earth teacher Helen Farrell and Andy Fairbairn, husband of another staff member, will take on the 26.2 mile course around London on Sunday.

“We did our longest training run the other day at 21 miles. We went round Hollingworth Lake and then back to West Vale where we popped our blisters,” said Mr Reynolds.

Dozens of girls and women from the school are also taking part in the slightly less gruelling Race for Life, held at Savile Park on Sunday, July 24.

The fund-raising began when the schools took part in Movember, raising £1,500, with Triangle head Gavin Davies being shaved in front of the school.

Coffee mornings, non-uniform days and a quiz evening helped bring in another £2,400, putting them well on track for the five grand target.

The main benefactors of the schools’ efforts will be Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Overgate Hospice & Martin House Children’s Hospice.