Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form Raise Over £4000 for Cancer Research UK

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Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form recently came together to raise money for Cancer Research UK with a spectacular Race for Life event at Victoria Park in Widnes.

Race for Life 2017 Riverside College Cronton Sixth Form College Widnes

Hundreds of students and staff members took part in the event which was organised by college staff members Helen Maddison, Joe Clements and Natalie Patten, and sponsored by Young Addaction Halton. It was the second college Race for Life after a hugely successful event last year.

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Prior to the race the participants wrote down the reasons why they are taking part, with reasons such as losing a loved one to cancer or personal battles with the condition. These were proudly displayed by the runners during the race and are now displayed on a wall in the college foyer.

Race for Life 2017 Riverside College Cronton Sixth Form College Widnes

Councillor Eddie Jones of Halton Borough Council signalled the start of the race and the five kilometre run began. In the end the race was won after an impressive performance by Cronton student Nathan Jones, a former pupil at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy who now studies Sport and Uniformed Services at the college.

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Following the race, each participant headed to Riverside College’s Centre Stage Theatre for a celebration of their achievement. Widnes Vikings players Greg Burke and James Chapelhow, Everton FC legends Derek Temple and Duncan McKenzie, England and Everton Ladies FC defender Gabby George and Everton Ladies FC manager Andy Spence were special guests on the day to present the runners with medals. A BBQ then took place to cap off the celebrations.

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Above, Left to Right: Fastest female runner Melissa Turk (Head of School Liaison and Admissions) pictured with Principal Mary Murphy

Along with accepting cash donations at both colleges, a Just Giving page was set up online. So far an incredible amount of over £4000 has been raised in total through the event with donations still coming in.

Race for Life 2017 Riverside College Cronton Sixth Form College Widnes

College Enrichment Officer and event co-organiser, Joe Clements said, “This year’s Race for Life has been bigger and better than last year; we have raised an incredible amount of money for Cancer Research UK and it was amazing to see so many people taking part in this special event.

Race for Life 2017 Riverside College Cronton Sixth Form College Widnes

“We have smashed last year’s total amount raised and donations are still coming in. I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who took part and made donations, and also to our guests who presented the medals; everybody was very excited to meet them. We are already planning for next year’s event which will be even bigger!”

Race for Life 2017 Riverside College Cronton Sixth Form College Widnes

If you would like to make a donation to the college JustGiving page for Cancer Research UK, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Riverside-College