Written by on November 19, 2021

Students from Challney High School for Girls raised a staggering £17,181 after they participated in their own Race for Life on 22 October 2021.

These funds will be shared between the Luton & Dunstable Hospital’s Breast Cancer Unit, Cancer Research UK as well as Keech Hospice, as part of the Big Trunk Trail.

Each year, the school support the cause with a series of charitable initiatives, including the popular Race for Life, where staff and students wear pink, to support Breast Cancer Awareness month.

image of student sand teachers wearing pink and sitting in the shape of the race for life logoThe funds will go towards the charity’s lifesaving work to help in the community. Previously, the Luton & Dunstable Hospital purchased equipment to detect breast cancer quicker and less invasively.

Headteacher Joanne Mylles paid tribute to the students after their superb fundraising effort.

“Our students are very committed to achieving the highest academic standards and excelling in their studies, but they are also very concerned about the wider world around them and more importantly making a difference,” she said.

“Our school vision is to ‘develop influential women of the future’ and a key part of this is to encourage the girls to engage in social action to make a difference to the world around them.”

Miss Nic Ponsonby, Deputy Headteacher, added: “Our girls and their families need little encouragement when it comes to our social action.

“They are empathetic, compassionate and dedicated to helping others in our community. As a school, we are humbled by their generosity and to raise this amount of money in one day is incredible.”

This means that the girls at Challney High School have now exceeded £50,000 in charitable donations to these causes over the past 5 years.

Challney High School for Girls would like to thank everyone for their support and who made this fundraising possible.

The school would also like to thank the charity team at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital and Denise Coates, a breast cancer survivor, who came to support them on the day.

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