Back in January this year, Nick Sims and Tom Ponsonby, both in Year 8, decided to organise a sponsored run; they wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of close members of their family, who they lost to cancer two years ago.
Four of their friends, all of whom know someone affected by the disease, wanted to support their friends in raising money for this good cause; so Conor Davies, Tolly Young, Zaccary Frankham and Adam Warren joined Tom and Nick making sponsor sheets, designing t-shirts and spreading news of their project throughout the school community.
On Wednesday 15January, the six boys set off on a 7.5km run in the School grounds, on a route they planned themselves. All completed the course in their allocated time and then set about collecting the money which had been pledged. The boys were particularly delighted to receive a cheque for £500 from Helping Hand, the BT Staff Charity Fund in Ipswich, who read about the event in the East Anglian Daily Times and wanted to contribute to this worthy cause.
A total of £1331 was raised; a huge achievement for the boys and a testament to their hard work and dedication. Mr Tom Bamford from the Cancer Research UK Fundraising Committee came to the Royal Hospital School this morning to receive the cheque from the boys.