Wednesday 30th January 2008 by C. Freeman
Students and staff at Brooke Weston are hoping to raise up to £15,000 for charity by taking part in running events around the country. The group, comprising Year 12 students and staff members, are planning to take part in a 10km fun run, the 21km Great North Run, and even next year's London marathon to raise funds for a teenage cancer charity.
About 15 or 16 students have already signed up for the weekly training sessions after College on Thursday and they are now emailing businesses and organisations for sponsorship and support. Money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust which sets up units specifically for teenagers and equipped with games consoles, televisions and facilities which will make their stay in hospital far more comfortable. The Trust have already set up eight dedicated units around the country and there are plans to set up 15 more at a cost of more than £2m each.
Year 12 student, Jamie Scoular, was treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary after he developed leukaemia, and Leicester is one of the places earmarked for a possible TCT unit. Jamie said: 'It can be sheer hell on a children's ward because you might have a screaming baby on one side and a five year old on the other. You don't get privacy and the lights are put out early. There is talk of Leicester having a teenage cancer trust ward put in and, if possible, we'd love this money to go towards that unit which treats teenagers from both Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.'
He added: 'Everyone's really enthusiastic and up for it and that's really good. But there's going to be a lot of training because none of us have ever done anything like this before, but we're doing it for something worthwhile so it will give us a bit of an edge.'
Teacher, Miss Gonda said: 'Lots of students are taking part, and some parents have even signed up as well. We're meeting every Thursday for training and once or twice a month we'll meet up for an hour at the weekend. If more students want to sign up they need to let me know as soon as possible because the charity places in the races get snapped up quickly.'
Decathlete Jack McShane has also signed up for the run. He said: 'I do a bit of running for my 1500m training but running this distance is still going to be different for me. I'm involved because my mates are. I just want to help out and have a laugh. My advice is to eat lots of carbohydrates, drink lots of water, wear decent trainers and start off gradually and work on your stamina.'