Why I ran the Race for Life Before the Christmas break, hundreds of students took to the field in the mist and mizzle to Race for Life in the name of Cancer Research. Lucy Blake from Year 9 raised almost £250 – in memory of her Grandad. Lucy, pictured above left, explains: “I took part in the race for life for Cancer Research in memory of my Grandad, who was diagnosed with cancer over ten years ago.” Through personal experience Lucy has understood how people’s lives are affected by cancer and the difference suitable treatment can make. “My Grandad received lots of different treatments and even made a trip to the Royal Marsden Hospital where he met with a team who conduct research and work on new treatments for cancer,” she continued. “Some of this work is funded by Cancer Research. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything suitable for him at that point.” Sadly Lucy lost her Grandad shortly before she took part in the Race for Life. She was determined to continue to raise money and race in his memory, achieving an incredible total of almost £250. Lucy said: “I really hope that the money raised at school for this fantastic cause will help to make a difference to another family facing an uncertain future after a cancer diagnosis.” Along with Lucy’s brilliant effort, the Penrice Community has raised well over £1000 and donations are still coming – watch out for the full total later in the month. Thank you to everyone who has supported the cause. See pictures from the Penrice Academy Race for Life in our gallery. You can still donate on our Just Giving page. Picture by the Student Media Team’s Jay Manning, Year 9.