More than £2,000 has been raised for two charities by Cramlington Learning Village.
One of them – Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness – has a special connection with the school. It was 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 raised by 150 students and staff running, walking and hopping a three mile course will be shared between Jessica’s charity and Cancer Research UK. A cheque for Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness was presented at the school this week.
“The support from the school is amazing when you consider that most of the people taking part didn’t even know Jess,” said Jessica’s father Trevor Robson.
This 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 in a variety of ways: from providing presents for children in hospital at Christmas and Easter to funding a lodge to provide respite care.
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 on behalf of her charity.
“I am immensely grateful to everybody who took part,” he said. “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.”