Edinburgh primary youngsters run 5K to raise thousands for a cancer charity

Super-fit primary school pupils have raised a massive £12,000 for a cancer charity after completing a socially distanced 5K fun run.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Around 250 pupils from the capital’s Buckstone primary school took part in the Race For Life run to raise the huge cash sum for Cancer Research UK last Saturday.

Taking part were 10-year-old twins Arthur and Freddie Miller who took just 30 minutes to complete the challenge of running from their home in the south of the city to Roslin in Midlothian

Primary 6 pupil Arthur said: “We wanted to raise as a much as we could for the charity and it was really fun to do the run. It is just a shame we couldn’t all do the run together.”

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Great effort by Arthur and Freddie Miller and their schoolmates

And tucking into a tasty ice cream to cool down after their strenuous efforts, brother Freddie added: “We took about half an hour to do the run and we both had a great time doing it. I really hope the money we have raised goes to help people suffering from cancer.”

Buckstone primary school acting principal Thom Campbell admitted he was “very proud” of the school pupils’ efforts and said the money raised will be going towards Cancer Research UK.

Mr Campbell said: “We tried to think of a fundraising activity that would also help the children keep active during lockdown.

“We came up with a virtual race as the children couldn’t do it all together for obvious reasons.

“Around 250 of our pupils took part and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and to raise over £10,000 is just incredible - our initial target was just £1000.

“We have been delighted with the response and of the efforts of all the pupils who took part.”

To donate to the school’s fundraising please go to https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/buckstone-primary-school

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