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Cobham Hall Girls Race for Life

Published Monday 11th of April 2016 09:39:52 AM

The Spring Term saw Cobham Hall stage its first Race for Life Schools event in aid of Cancer Research. With the motto “Together we can create more tomorrows. Together we can beat cancer sooner”, the event was the idea of Clifton House Captain Georgia. Speaking prior to the event, Georgia said, “Race for Life is an event I have had aspirations of organising for the majority of my time at Cobham Hall. Having joined as a boarder the day after learning of my mother’s cancer, it is an event which holds extreme emotion and meaning for me. A year after my mother’s diagnosis, I entered a Race for Life competition and I will love sharing this fight against cancer, and celebration of medical research advancement, with those at Cobham Hall. I am very grateful that the Student Leadership Team has taken on this event and hope that this will allow for it to be bigger and better than I ever could have imagined.” Georgia’s mother, Mrs Lori Chisnall, gave an assembly to share her experience of fighting cancer. In a warm, honest and at times humorous recount of her journey, Mrs Chisnall highlighted that it was thanks to medical advancements that she was able to say she was a cancer survivor, and that’s why taking part – whether running in the event, or fundraising alongside – was so important. “There are thousands of families, thousands of stories like ours, and events like this really do make a difference.” The event became more than just the 3km race, with music provided by Mr Hillier, and pink lemonade and cakes, courtesy of the School’s boarders - frantically baking the night before! - on sale with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. Parents, staff, siblings, friends, family and 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, Rochester, 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 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 and the importance of the event was not far from everyone’s minds, with every penny raised going towards research into the disease. Georgia reflected on the whole event afterwards. “It had such a friendly and lively atmosphere,” she said. “With the music, cake and pink lemonade flowing it was a truly enjoyable event! Everyone was incredibly generous with their time, effort and money. 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 pursue any fundraising ideas that they have: be innovative, be bold...make a difference!” And make a difference they did - the total raised was an astonishing £1600!
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