Pupils, parents and staff get muddy for charity

Children, parents and staff from St Anne’s CE Primary School in Oldland Common took part in the recent Cancer Research Pretty Muddy 5k on the Downs in Bristol.

Initially the staff decided to take part in the event to show support to colleagues, family and friends and then pupils and parents also decided they wanted to take part.

Headteacher Sean Quinn said: “Recently members of staff in the school were diagnosed with cancer. They are undergoing treatment and we wanted to show our support for them. When we began discussing what we could do and also realised the number of families who have been touched by cancer, 26 staff signed up to take part in the event.

“Then children and their parents also wanted get involved so an additional 16 children and parents also signed up to the event. Cancer is having such a massive impact on all of our lives, we wanted to show support, work together and raise money to help the charity.”

On race day it rained and was windy, with the sun shining occasionally.

First the pupils ran 5km, climbing obstacles and getting wet and muddy. Then later in the day staff covered the same course. A total of £8,050.88 was raised for Cancer Research UK by those taking part.

Pupil Amelia, who is chair of the school council, said: “It was so enjoyable and good to know we were raising money for Cancer Research UK. It felt great to be helping so many people.”

The school, which has already decided it will participate again next year, thanks everyone for their donations.