Schools in St Helens are being urged to join the fight against cancer by adding Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Schools to the timetable.
The charity is inviting primary and secondary schools across St Helens to hold their own Race for Life events and help fund vital life-saving research.
Every day, 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. And that’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on schools across the region to sign up now at raceforlife.org/schools.
Race for Life Schools is completely free to enter and participating schools can choose a day that fits with the term calendar, and a distance which suits the age and abilities of all pupils.
Every school that signs up will receive a free resource kit specially created by the charity. The kit includes everything schools need to plan their own Race for Life Schools event such as posters, top fund-raising tips, assembly plans and a special medal for every pupil that takes part.
Participating schools are encouraged to fund-raise and money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping to save more lives.
Race for Life’s Haydock Event Manager, Sarah Hunter, said: “Organising a Race for Life Schools event is a fantastic way for schools to have fun, while raising money for a good cause.
“Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. That’s why we’re calling on parents, pupils and staff in St Helens to unite and help make a real difference in the fight against the disease.
“By taking part in Race for Life Schools they could help to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in St Helens and throughout the UK.”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research.
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Survival rates have doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
For more information visit raceforlife.org/schools.