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March 01st 2016

Race for Life a Resounding Success

Thankfully, the morning rain had abated and continued to hold off for the afternoon as Cobham Hall staged its first Race for Life event in aid of Cancer Research.

The event, supported by Cancer Research’s Race for Life Schools programme, was the idea of Year 13 student, and Clifton House Captain Georgia.  You can find out more about why she wanted to stage the event in an earlier article.  Taken on by the Student Leadership Team, the event became more than just the race, with music provided by Mr Hillier, cakes on sale courtesy of the School’s boarders – frantically baking the night before! – and pink lemonade also on sale with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.

Parents, staff, siblings, friends, family and of course students were all invited to take part – either by registering and paying a donation on the day, or by getting sponsorship.  Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities took on the 3km course.  Congratulations must go to Oliver from St Andrew’s, who was first to complete the circuit, which began on West Lawn.

It’s difficult to sum up an atmosphere such as the one that surrounds a Race for Life event.  The mood in West Court was cheerful and enthusiastic as spectators cheered participants on as they crossed the line.  Fancy dress costumes added to the colour and liveliness of the occasion, and laughter, high-spirits and smiles were in abundance, but of course, the event has a serious purpose.  With someone in the UK being diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, the importance of the event was not far from everyone’s minds, with every penny raised going towards research into the disease.

The Chisnall family were very emotional, with Georgia’s mother Lori writing afterwards, “I simply don't have the words to convey how much this meant to our family, especially Georgia.  At times it's been a long and challenging journey that started all those years ago when Georgia first joined Cobham Hall. It is somewhat befitting that in her final year her aspiration to hold such an event could become a reality.”  She went on, “I am convinced that one day we will find a cure for cancer and I hope that every single person at Cobham Hall’s event on Sunday are rightfully proud that on a bitterly cold day in February 2016 they played their part. They made a difference.”

Georgia reflected on the whole event afterwards. “It had such a friendly and lively atmosphere: with the music, cake and pink lemonade flowing it was a truly enjoyable event!  Everyone was incredibly generous with their time, effort and money and I am so grateful for their commitment to a cause which means the world to me. The best part was seeing the realisation of a seven year dream. I was genuinely overcome by emotion upon seeing the number of individuals who had come to be a part of this event and support a cause that I am so passionate about. I feel as though I (and everyone involved) have made a difference, albeit a small one, and it is a truly amazing feeling. I wholeheartedly encourage others to peruse any fundraising ideas that they may have: be innovative, be bold... make a difference!”

Approximately £900 was raised on the day alone, and so with sponsorship money due in by the end of the week, we sure Georgia will exceed the £1000 target she hoped to achieve.

*Source: Cancer Research UK, http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/incidence#heading-Zero, Accessed February 2016

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