Local children raise thousands for cancer prevention

22 June 2016

An infant school near Chesterfield has raised over £2,000 for cancer prevention charity World Cancer Research Fund by organising a series of fruit-related events.

Children at Brimington Manor Infant and Nursery School first took part in a sponsored skip – family, friends and neighbours donated money for every jump the child completed in two minutes.

The following day at school was designated ‘Fruity Friday’, with all the children asked to dress in fruity colours or in fruit-themed fancy dress. The children also learnt about the benefits of healthy eating and tasted different types of fruit.

In total, an incredible £2,080 has been raised so far with more money still to come in. It is by far the biggest amount raised since the school first began organising a ‘Fruity Friday’ for World Cancer Research Fund eight years ago.

Headteacher Kathryn Fretwell said: “We’ve been absolutely bowled over by the money that is coming in, and we’d like to congratulate all the children who took part. They should all be so proud of themselves.

“Over the past year, cancer has touched the lives of all members of our staff, and we know it has also affected many of the families of the children in our school.

“Parents and children have always been generous here, but this year we decided to do even more to raise money for this worthwhile cause. Our decision certainly paid off!”

World Cancer Research Fund’s Head of Fundraising Paul Fretwell said: “A huge thank you to everyone at Brimington Manor for all their hard work. This was a wonderful effort by everyone involved.

“Our thanks especially must go to the children – skipping and eating fruit are two of my favourite activities, so I’m sure they all had a great time raising this money.”

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For more information, contact Will Finch in the World Cancer Research Fund press office by calling 020 73434200 or email pr@wcrf.org.

Notes to editors:

About World Cancer Research Fund

For the past 25 years, World Cancer Research Fund has been the UK’s leading charity dedicated to the prevention of cancer through diet, weight and physical activity. By funding and supporting research, developing policy recommendations and providing health information, we have ensured that people can make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of developing a preventable cancer. As we look forward to our next 25 years, our scientific research ensures that we will continue to have the latest and most authoritative information at our fingertips, all underpinned by independent expert advice.

Our analysis of global research shows that a third of the most common cancers are preventable through a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity.

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