Stalybridge school to hold fun run for cancer pupil
Wednesday 14th December 2016 @ 10:31 by Adam Higgins
Community News Stalybridge

A Stalybridge school are holding a fun run on Friday afternoon for one of its pupils who is recovering from cancer.

Year 11 pupils from West Hill School have been collecting sponsors for the two-mile run, which they helped to arrange to do something to raise money for Macmillan nurses, who treated their classmate Nathan Dunworth.

The 16-year-old, from Stalybridge, is still recovering but is making positive progress and slowly returning to lessons, after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June.

Nathan’s mum Louise Dunworth, who is also taking part in the fun run, said: “He finished his intense treatment around three weeks ago and is recovering really well. He has now gone back to school full-time two days a week with his classmates which is fantastic.

“He is a really big golf fan and plays every week at Dukinfield Golf Club.”

Although it’s been a difficult few months for Nathan, his fellow pupils and classmates have been very supportive – and it was their idea to do something to give back.

Michael Parr – Nathan’s form tutor, who teaches science at the Stamford Street school – said: “We used to do a fun run every year but it got a bit silly but the students wanted to do something for the Macmillan nurses who have helped Nathan so much.

“It was Nathan who put it forward and the Head of Year 11, Mr Owens, suggested to hold the fun run again this year but it was his peers who pushed it and really wanted to do it.

“We have a reward system at school called Vivo which is done on points collected. We got in touch with the company to see if the points saved can be turned into money as the pupils wanted to donate their Vivos.

“It has so far amounted to somewhere between £400 and £500 which is fantastic. Pupils are also putting in what they can to take part in the run but we have suggested a £5 entrance fee to raise as much as possible.”

Pupils will be getting into their running gear for the run on Friday, which will get underway at approximately 1:15pm.

Mr Parr added: “It will start on the school field but will carry on along a footpath called the Chadwick Dams next to Tameside Hospital. It will be over in an hour once they have finished jumping in the mud.”