St Joseph’s pupils turn Blackhall pink for Cancer Research UK

St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupil Sophie Francis at the memory wall.
St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupil Sophie Francis at the memory wall.
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A SCHOOL became a sea of pink as youngsters took part in a mini version of the Race for Life.

St Joseph’s Primary School, in Blackhall, held their own version of the popular Cancer Research UK event on the school grounds on Friday, June 20.

St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupils Olivia Benett and Cameron Benbow with their medals.

St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupils Olivia Benett and Cameron Benbow with their medals.

Some 68 youngsters aged four to 11 donned pink clothing to take part in the “emotional” event, which even featured a memory wall of loved ones affected by cancer.

The name of Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery, three, who is battling childhood cancer neuroblastoma, was prominent on the wall.

The younger children did two circuits of the school field, where the course was marked out by pink balloons, just like in the “grown-up” version of Race For Life, while the older kids did three laps.

This had followed a warm-up led by the school’s teaching assistants.

St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupils Reece Wilds and Emily Dance taking part in the mini race for life.

St Joseph's Primary School Blackhall pupils Reece Wilds and Emily Dance taking part in the mini race for life.

Parents also joined in the run and youngsters each received their own Cancer Research UK medal for taking part.

Acting deputy headteacher Lynda Doyle said: “All the children were sponsored to take part and the total is looking extremely healthy.

“One child raised nearly £200.

“The event brought everyone together and it was a beautiful day.

“The parents were saying they were quite touched by it.

“The whole atmosphere was lovely and quite thought-provoking.

“I was asked by one of the pupils, who had lost his uncle to cancer, ‘Mrs Doyle, can we do it again?

“And the answer to a question like that is most certainly yes.

“It was a fabulous day enjoyed by the local community and organised so well by the staff at school.”