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Dagenham school raises over £5,500 for Cancer Research UK

Pupils ran laps of the school’s playground to raise money for charity (Credit: Barking and Dagenham Council)

A primary school in Dagenham has raised £5,571 for Cancer Research UK at a Race for Life event. 

All 854 Rush Green Primary School students walked, jogged or ran laps around the school’s playground on Thursday, 23 June. 

The pupils donned personalised messages on their tops as they completed the challenge and smashed their fundraising target.

One year five pupil said: “It was so much fun racing with all my friends and teachers. I am so proud of raising money and running in honour of our families.”

The event was organised by year five teacher, Nicola Seabrook, as a way for the entire school to come together and support the charity. 

“We’re passionate about raising money for good causes, so Race for Life was perfect and we’ve been so impressed by the generosity of our community and are proud of every child that took part,” said Miss Seabrook.

The school’s headteacher, Simon Abeledo, said the event was “tremendous” and he was very impressed with how much the students managed to raise. 

“It’s obviously something that really hits home, we all have ourselves, through family or friends been affected by cancer in some way,” he added. 

“Thank you to all our parents, carers and wider community for their support.”

Race for Life started 28 years ago as a women-only event but has become Cancer Research UK’s biggest series of fundraising events in the UK.

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