Springwood High School saw around 250 pupils, parents and staff joining in the Lynn school’s second Race For Life and helping to raise £4,300 for Cancer Research UK.
Organiser Davina Barrett was thrilled to see such a huge turnout on Thursday evening despite England’s World Cup match against Uruguay falling on the same night.
She said: “It was brilliant! The event went really well and we raised £4,300 which is absolutely incredible. There were about 50 staff out of the 250 people there – all the rest were pupils and parents and that gave the event a real community feel.
“We were amazed to get such a good turnout because we booked this before England’s fixtures were announced, but everyone did dash off pretty quick afterwards.”
The school held the first Race For Life event two years ago, and after the huge success of this year’s 5k event, they plan to hold it again.
Davina said: “My own life has been affected by cancer and when I first held a couple of assemblies with the pupils about the Race For Life, I had loads of the students coming up to me to tell me about their experiences or saying that their grandparents or families had it.
“You talk to most people and they have been affected by cancer and I think that was why the event was such a success, it was one that everyone could relate to and wanted to support.”
She added: “We have a very thoughtful bunch of students at Springwood High School and we do hold a lot of fundraising events because of that.”
Davina also thanked staff at Lynn’s Tesco stores and at Askew and Barrett in Marshland St James for donating food and money towards the barbecue, which meant over £250 could be raised for the charity from the proceeds.