The pupils, several of whom have known family members or friends suffer from breast cancer, requested that the donation be used specifically for the charity’s Breast Cancer Awareness.
Nancy Kilburn, Chairman of the Easingwold branch of the Friends of Cancer Research UK, visited the school to receive the cheque on behalf of the charity, and was ‘full of admiration’ for the pupils’ fund-raising activities which they had organised and ran entirely on their own.
To raise funds they organised a whacky hair day at school, a fund-raising fair with tombola, face-painting, sweet and cake stalls, and ran an assault course at the school’s annual Spring Fair. They also promoted awareness of breast cancer throughout the school with information display boards on the disease and how to prevent it.
Mrs Kilburn said: ‘It is wonderful that you young people have, through your own initiative, raised this money for the charity. Our aim is to improve diagnosis, education, prevention and treatment. Thankfully, cancer is not the killer it once was, and there is every hope that, through the present research on gene therapy, cures for all types of cancer will be found within your lifetime. Then, the charity’s slogan – “Together we will beat cancer” – will be realised.’