IT MAY not be Southsea Common, but that didn’t stop more than 700 pupils and staff holding their own Race for Life.
The 2.4-mile run was organised by Park Community School in Havant in a bid to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Hundreds ran, jogged and walked from the school in Middle Park Way up to Staunton Country Park and back. Parents stood outside to cheer them on.
Georgie Harris is a family leader at the school and she helped organise it.
‘My sister was diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of years ago so that’s why I set this up,’ she said.
‘It’s a massive and brilliant charity to support.
‘This is amazing. It’s about all of them doing something good for the sake of it.
‘Everybody is showing support and they are proud of what they are doing and where they are from.’
Jake Jackson, 16, is in Year 11 and took part.
He said: ‘It’s important. It raises a lot of money for a charity that’s close to a lot of people’s hearts in school.’
Bradley Biles, 16, also in Year 11, added: ‘We did it last year and it was successful. It’s linked to Cancer Research and it involves everyone.
‘It’s good to see the whole school getting involved.’
Deputy head Bob Carter added: ‘Normally down at Southsea we only have the ladies taking part but we thought it would be good for all the students, both male and female, to do something to raise awareness and raise money.
‘During their lives, somebody they will know will suffer from cancer and it’s good for them to realise that it’s something that we can beat and something that we can do something about.
‘In doing so, it will help them in later life.
‘They were absolutely fantastic.
‘They’ve been decorating T-shirts for the last two days during tutor time.
‘They have all made their own contribution in their own way.’
So far, the school has raised £1,300 for Cancer Research UK.