Pupils and staff take part in annual Matthew’s Mile memorial fundraiser

Pupils and staff take part in annual Matthew’s Mile memorial fundraiser

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

PUPILS and staff at Range High School have raised £1,154.50 in memory of a former pupil.

Year 10 pupil Matthew Miller attended Range from 2002 until his passing after a long battle with leukaemia in 2006. Matthew's Mile was founded by teachers Gill Burns and Anita Grace.

Since the fund-raiser was launched, Year 11 pupil James Wright also passed away from cancer and now the school staff hold the annual event in memory of both of the pupils for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Laura Taylor, administrator at Range High School said: “Some things are just too important not to do despite the current circumstances.

“We have held Matthew’s Mile at Range every year since 2006 and this year was to be no different. Pupils completed their own Matthew’s Mile and donated online. Our key workers’ children completed the mile in school in their onesies, own clothes and fancy dress and staff came out to join us!

“There are a couple of fundraisers who deserve a special mention – firstly, our very own superwoman, teaching Assistant Julie Russell, who raised a fantastic £110 by walking with her zimmer.

“Meanwhile, Year 8 pupil Jack Duff put in some extra effort and swam the mile - a great effort by him!

“A family through a variety of activities including selling cupcakes, a ‘spot the ball’ competition and a business donation, raised an outstanding £210!

“Words cannot express our gratitude to them and to all those who have kept the memory of Matthew alive in the most challenging of circumstances and raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. It is our way of remembering Matthew Miller, and also pupil James Wright, who we tragically lost to cancer, and of supporting Hannah Fraser, our cancer survivor.

“For these pupils and all teenagers affected by cancer in our school and across the country, we did this for you.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us from the bottom of our hearts.”

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