Helping to get to the finish line

Pupils at Minsthorpe Community College held a non-uniform day to raise cash for the charity reporter Katie Butler is running the London marathon for. (H552A251)
Pupils at Minsthorpe Community College held a non-uniform day to raise cash for the charity reporter Katie Butler is running the London marathon for. (H552A251)

GENEROUS pupils helped an Express reporter get off on the right foot by raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

The kind youngsters at Minsthorpe Community College held a non-uniform day to help reporter Katie Butler raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

Miss Butler is running the Virgin London Marathon for Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) after her friend’s three-year-old daughter was diagnosed with the rare type of children’s cancer last summer.

So she decided to run the 26.2 mile race – which takes place in April – for the charity and needs all the help she can get to meet her £3,000 target.

The pupils kindly donated £500 to the cancer charity after raising a staggering £1,300. The remainder will be given to Save The Children.

Miss Butler said: “I am so grateful to every single student who helped raise such an amazing amount of money for charity.”

Her friend’s daughter Izzy, from Sheffield, has just finished her sixth course of chemotherapy.

The charity helps fund research and also takes children suffering with cancer on trips out.

Brogan Smith, Liam Hurdiss, Jade Whittaker, Payton Swift, Josh Wicks, Aimee Danks, Josh Salmons and Emilie Marsh make up the school’s student council and helped organise the day.

Assistant principal Christine Yates said: “Part of our non–uniform day ethos is not only about having a day from wearing uniform, but to raise awareness of issues that affect us all in society.

“Katie’s commitment has touched all of us here at the school and are proud to support her.”

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