Priory Post 140 – Working to beat cancer

Posted: 27th August 2015

Working to beat cancer

Our Summer of Fundraising

St Augustine’s Priory pupils have a global vision and are always ready to contribute to wider society.  Cancer touches many lives and so this Summer Term the pupils of St Augustine’s Priory, Ealing, are throwing themselves into fundraising for 3 organisations which focus on research into cancer and support those who are living with cancer. Cancer Research UK’s website states that 331,487 people in the UK were diagnosed with cancer in 2011.

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This initiative got off to a great start last Thursday, 14th May, when our Year 8 pupils held a bake sale for the Teenage Cancer Trust.  This turned into a flash mob event with our girls, seniors and juniors, dancing in the rain.  The event was a great success, raising £200 for this incredible organisation which helps support teenagers diagnosed with cancer.  Their website states that ‘around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK’.

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Next on the girls’ agenda is Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life – over 150 pupils, parents and staff are taking part in the 5k race on Sunday 7th June at the Old Deer Park, Richmond.  There is a buzz around the school especially as many girls are taking part with their mothers, making it a real Mother/Daughter event.  If you would like to sponsor Team St Augustine’s, our Just Giving page details are below. Our target is £3,000 and we are currently at over £800. http://www.justgiving.com/SaintAugustinesPriory

The tradition of contributing is not confined to current pupils.  Past pupil Laura Ely is raising money for Worldwide Cancer Research which funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world. As she says on her Just Giving page, ‘In the summer of 2015 myself and a group of students from the University of Exeter are going to be trekking through the valleys of Peru in aid of Worldwide Cancer Research. This trek will last 7 days, taking us 2,430m above sea-level. Worldwide Cancer Research is a brilliant, revolutionary charity, the only one of its kind in the world. It funds scientific research towards cancer aid globally, not allowing their mission to be quelled by country borders’.  If you would like to support Laura, please go on to her Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/LauraElizabethEly/

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