Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form students from St Mary’s School, Cambridge, along with their teachers, ran laps around Lammas Land in Cambridge on Friday 21 October as part of the annual Fun Run – the school’s main charity fundraising event each year.
Wearing fancy dress costumes inspired by this year’s theme, Disney favourites, students ran 5km (or 1km for Junior School pupils) – with Headmistress Charlotte Avery dressed as Minnie Mouse and Head of Juniors Matthew O’Reilly dressed as Micky Mouse. Costumes were inspired by Carl and Russell from Up; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, although there were only six dwarfs at one stage; The Incredibles; Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo; Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatians from 101 Dalmatians; and quite a few Elsas from Frozen, to name just a few.
The school’s ‘20 campaign’ encourages each student to gain sponsorship of just £1 from 20 different people, so that by each student’s commitment to raising just £20 the school can raise an impressive sum for charity. This year’s event is anticipated to raise £6,000, although the final total cannot be confirmed until students return to school after the half term break, having had the opportunity to collect the sponsorship money that has been pledged to them.
Selected by the school’s Charities Prefects to receive a proportion of the funds raised are: the work of Sister Christopher and the CJ Community in Zimbabwe; Arthur Rank Hospice; Educaid (Sierra Leone); Friends of the Earth UK; Emmaus; Mines Advisory Group (MAG); Pilgrimage People (Palestinian parishes). Once the amount raised has been confirmed, Mr Daniel Bennett, the school’s Head of Christian Life, along with the Charities Prefects, will decide how to distribute the donations.