3rd Dec, 2016

Grace Academy students raise vital funds at Great Birmingham Run

Aisling Kiely 9th May, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

GRACE Academy Solihull Sixth Form students have brushed off their running shoes to take part in the Great Birmingham 10k Run to raise £1,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Six students and three members of staff from the Academy raised over £1,600 for Macmillan which they hope will provide support for those who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The students trained hard every night – running around Elmdon Park and improving their fitness with badminton sessions at the Academy – to prepare for the run.

The Sixth Form students decided on Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity of the year 2016 to acknowledge the outstanding work of Macmillan nurses.

The 10k run is one of a number of activities the students will be undertaking over the next few months to raise money for the charity.

Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Solihull, Liz Sheils said: “We are so grateful to the students and teachers at Grace Academy for choosing Macmillan as their charity of the year and getting involved in this fantastic challenge.

“Every day in Solihull alone, 33 people are diagnosed with cancer.

“We want to be there to support as many people as possible through our emotional and practical help, including our support line, local cancer care and our Macmillan Nurses.

“Without the support of local schools like Grace Academy, we simply would not be able to fund these vital services needed to support those affected by cancer. Thanks to this fantastic donation, we can ensure that more people are not alone.”