Pupils raise £2k for special charity

Two charities have benefitted from the generosity of students.

Saturday, 10th December 2016, 7:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:32 pm
Julie Robson (fourth from left) receives a cheque from head teacher Wendy Heslop and Cramlington Learning Village students. Picture by Caroline Forster.

Pupils at Cramlington Learning Village raised more than £2,000 for two charities, including Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, which has a special connection with the school after being set up by student Jessica Robson as she fought an extremely rare form of cancer.

After she died in May 2014, aged just 18, her sister and parents continued to help other families affected by cancer.

The money was raised by 150 students and staff running, walking and hopping a three-mile course and will be shared between Jessica’s charity and Cancer Research UK.

Jessica’s father Trevor said: “The support from the school is amazing when you consider that most of the people taking part didn’t even know Jess.”

It was the fourth charity run at Cramlington Learning Village, which – along with local businesses and individuals – has helped the Robsons raise well over £100,000 to support families of cancer patients.

The event was organised by Year 9 learning manager Dave Paterson, who taught Jessica, and was one of 23 runners who completed this year’s Great North Run for the charity.

He said: “I am immensely grateful to everybody who took part. Jessica would have been bursting with pride.”

The run was started by her parents who, at the finish, presented all runners with a special medal.

Jessica’s mum Julie said: “The school was so good to Jessica and we are just delighted at the support it continues to provide in her name.”

First across the line was Year 11 student Taylor Walton, who is a friend of Jessica’s cousin, in a time of 15 minutes. Josh Fiddaman, from Year 10, followed, and the first girl to finish was his sister Abi, who is in Year 7.

PE and Maths teacher Ben Christensen – who joined the school in September and, when not at work, captains Ashington Football Club – led home the staff and, last but not least, was the three-legged team of Year 10 students Chloe Davies and Jasmine Clough.

“We were aware of the struggles Jessica had to cope with,” said Chloe. “She went through a lot.”