Sandwell Academy Pupils Join the Fight Against CancerFri, 16 Jun 2017Sandwell Academy Pupils Join the Fight Against Cancer Sandwell Academy is adding Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life to the timetable for the National School Sport week in the summer term. We are hosting a special event at the Academy on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June as part of Race for Life’s schools programme. Around 600 students, aged from 11- 15 years-old, will join forces with the staff to take on cancer and walk, jog or run 5k in aid of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work. To help the pupils prepare, teachers have been using a schools’ resource kit specially created by the charity which includes everything needed to stage the event as well as an assembly plan and top fundraising tips. Simon Topper, Head at Sandwell Academy, said: “Race for Life is a great addition to the school timetable. We’re really looking forward to taking part and students have been training during PE lessons. The whole Academy is supporting the event so it will be a real team effort and a great day for students and staff, all whilst raising money for a cause close to our hearts.” “Sadly, we all know someone who has been touched by cancer and we have our special reasons for taking part and wanting to help more people survive.” Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring series of events which raises millions of pounds every year to help fund vital research. Schools across the UK are being invited to hold their own Race for Life events in aid of the charity. They can choose a day that fits with the term calendar and pick a distance which suits the age and abilities of all students. Emily Smith, Head of Events Marketing for Cancer Research UK, said: “Race for Life Schools is a fantastic way to have fun, get fit and save lives. Young people today are the generation who could see ground-breaking treatments for cancer in their lifetime. They will be the researchers and lifesavers of tomorrow. But first, we need them to be the fundraisers of today - and walk, jog and run to help beat cancer sooner.” For more information visit raceforlife.org/schools or call 0300 123 0770.