Pupils from the Newmarket area have walked a mile in aid of CLIC Sargent and East Anglia Children’s Hospice, raising over £6,000 to split between the two charities.
Earlier this year, hundreds of pupils from primary schools in Newmarket, and those in Key Stage Three at Newmarket College, took to the streets to walk a mile in memory of former Exning Primary School pupil, Sophie Bell.
Head teacher at Exning Primary School, James Clark said: “Sophie really was a lovely girl who was very clever. Sophie’s parents were very supportive of this event, with all the schools working together to help raise money for two fantastic charities.”
Mr Clark joined representatives from all participating schools to present the money raised to CLIC Sargent and East Anglia Children’s Hospice. Both charities received a cheque for £2,780 and a further £550 was raised for CLIC Sargent from online donations.
The money raised by Exning Primary School could pay for a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist for five weeks whilst they help a child prepare for and cope with treatment, by using models, toys and photos to explain what will happen.
Fundraising Manager, Alison Ramsay commented: “We are very grateful to all who came together at this extremely sad and difficult time to raise such an incredible amount in memory of their friend Sophie.
“This donation will help us to support other families facing childhood cancer.”
Exning Primary School pupils have more fundraising events planned in aid of CLIC Sargent as they have chosen to continue to support CLIC Sargent as their charity of the year for 2013.
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