Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Children stage challenge and raise £1,000

PUPILS at a primary school in Henley completed a charity walk to fund-raise for a cancer charity.

PUPILS at a primary school in Henley completed a charity walk to fund-raise for a cancer charity.

Valley Road Primary School ran its own Race for Life last Friday and raised about £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Key stage two children completed a 6km walk whilst younger children in key stage one did a 2km walk.

About 120 pupils took part in the longer walk where some wore pink clothes and accessories, as did members of staff who took part.

Before departing they were taught the countryside code and on their way round had to collect ribbons which marked the route.

The walk took the group through parts of Highlands Farm, Flowercroft Wood and the Paddock.  They stopped near the Maltsters Arms in Rotherfield Greys for lunch before returning to the school via a footpath through Lower Hernes.

Teacher Rachel Herbert organised the walks and planned the routes. She said: “It’s a very safe route in the countryside on a local route near the school.

“The younger children did a loop round Henley college which is slightly shorter.  Some of our teaching assistants do a lot of stuff with Cancer Research and suggested it. We try and do a different charity and cancer is something that affects so many families.”

Ali Simmons, community champion from Tesco Henley, joined the pupils for their walk as the company is one of the main sponsors for the events across the UK.

She said: “I help out at the school quite a lot with farm to fork workshops and I saw Valley Road were doing it so I asked how I could be involved.

“We’re doing a lot of fund-raising as a store and we want to support the local community as much as we can.”

After the children finished the walk they were presented with two medals, one from Race for Life and one from Tesco. The Henley branch donated two tablet computers to thank the school for its fund-raising.

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