Solihull School decathlon day raises over £6,000 for cancer charities - The Solihull Observer

Solihull School decathlon day raises over £6,000 for cancer charities

Solihull Editorial 26th Jul, 2017   0

PUPILS at Solihull School’s junior school have donated more than £6,000 raised from their decathlon day event to four cancer charities.

The annual event, which was held on the junior school fields, featured 12 activities, including shooting baskets, dribbling footballs, an obstacle course and the ever-popular ‘welly wanging’.

In total, the Solihull youngsters raised £6,060, with all four year groups selecting a cancer charity to benefit from the event after the pupils had collected sponsorship money to take part.

Pupils in year three chose to donate to Target Ovarian Cancer after a pupil lost his grandmother to the disease last year. The charity aims to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide support for women with ovarian cancer.

Year four pupils selected Anthony Nolan to benefit from a donation after a pupil lost his father to myeloma when he was three years old despite the excellent work of the charity, which helps people suffering from blood cancers by finding a stem cell or bone marrow donor.

The school’s year five pupils selected Cancer Research UK in tribute to a pupil who lost his grandmother after she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, while year six chose to support Prostate Cancer UK, after a pupil’s grandfather recently received chemotherapy and hormone treatment for prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men in the UK.

Mark Penney, head of the Junior School, said: “Giving our students a sense of responsibility to the wider community through charitable activities is an important part of the educational ethos of Solihull School.

“I am very proud of the energy and enthusiasm displayed by pupils both in taking part in the activities and in raising such a large amount of money for their chosen good causes.”

Solihull School will be hosting an open day on Saturday September 23.

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