News - WW5K – We raised £6,917!

All of the money from our 5K charity run has been counted, and we raised a whopping £6,917!!

That is amazing, well done to everyone!

Our staff and students donned their running shoes on Friday 6th November for a very muddy charity run in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust, Love4Leah and Breast Cancer Care. Well done to everyone who took part, it was a lovely atmosphere and there were plenty of muddy smiles! Thank you to everyone that donated and supported this event!

Watch the video below!

Here is an article from the Leek Post and Times about the WW5K Race.

Hundreds of students joined in on a charity run last week.

The five kilometre fun run was staged at Westwood College, Leek, on Friday and saw around 750 people take part.

Participants, who congregated on the lawn area of the Old Hall campus, were put through a warm-up exercise before they set off on the route which took them around the historic site.

The event was staged by the college’s Sixth Form Union to raise funds for three local charities – Love4Leah, Teenage Cancer Trust and Breast Cancer Care.

Thirteen-year-old Leah Powell, who died two years ago after losing her battle with cancer, would have been attending Westwood College herself now.

Her mum Jane Powell, who leads the Love4Leah charity, told the run participants before they set off: “Before coming here today I was thinking about destination. Everyone aims for a destination.

“Like Leah was aiming to get to the destination of the end of her treatment but unfortunately that did not happen for Leah.

“Our destination for Love4Leah in offering ill children and their families a holiday in the Staffordshire Moorlands is hopefully going to be in April.

“Your destination today is to get to the end of the run.

“I thank you for taking part today. Leah has stopped the rain just as I said she would.”

It was the largest charity event ever to take place at Westwood College. The whole college took part, along with students from Churnet View School.

The fun run course, which some participants ran and some walked, was a challenging cross-country route with plenty of mud, and featured what many Westwood alumni will remember as ‘Killer Hill’.

Owen Bramley, of Year 13 and a member of the Sixth Form Union said: “There are some charities that are really close to our hearts.

“The student union voted to split the money raised between Love4Leah, Teenage Cancer Trust and Breast Cancer Care. We are hoping to raise many thousands of pounds from the event.

Headteacher at Westwood College Richard Hey said: “It was amazing to see so many young people taking part in an event organised and run by the students themselves, and as a college we are really proud that the young people took up the challenge.

“Some opted to run competitively, some walked, 36 ran as a kazoo band and we even had some pantomime horses.

“There was a real community feel to the event and it’s great to raise money for such important charities.”

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