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Lime Tree pupils produce inspiring Race For Life effort

Children at Lime Tree went the extra kilometre with their efforts to raise funds for a good cause last week as they took part in the Cancer Research UK Race for Life.

The famous fund-raising event is more commonly associated with adults, but the Key Stage One children were not to be left out as they completed a one kilometre run, with the goal of raising £500 for the charity.

Just to add to the sense of occasion and sporting achievement, world gymnastics champion Doug Fordyce, recently seen on the BBC series Tumble, was the guest of honour to present the children with their medals.  They also got to see his own world and European championship medals and hear about his life as a sportsman, as well as being treated to a mini-gymnastics display of their own.

But the afternoon’s surprises did not end with Doug’s backflips, as it became clear just how much of a success the fundraising effort had been. “The children all competed the event and a bit extra as when they ran through the finishing tape, they just kept going, so most actually ran around two kilometres,” said a clearly delighted Early Years Leader Margaret Fordyce.

“The support for the event has been overwhelming and to date the children have raised almost £4,000 and the total just keeps growing. We are extremely proud of all our children and our amazing families for all their support.”