Students Raise £1,700 for Cancer Research

Three schoolchildren have raised more than £1,700 for a cancer charity – after their teacher was struck down with the disease.

English teacher Emma Thomspon is continuing to hold lessons at The Co-operative Academy while undergoing chemotherapy.

And after hearing about the 34-year-old's diagnosis, pupils Ellie Lewis, Georgia Emery and Lucy Hatton signed up for two bike rides and a gruelling race, as well as organising a fun day.

Emma – who was told she had breast cancer last September – said: "I am so proud and overwhelmed that they would do something like this for me.

"It is unbelievable what they've done and I am so grateful.

"They put so much hard work into raising the money for a wonderful charity.

"The fun day was amazing, it was always busy and everyone was enjoying themselves."

Emma, from Hanley, added: "The last couple of months have been hard but all the support from the staff, students and their families has been a huge help."

For their first fund-raiser, the students cycled 20 miles in the gym.

And to follow that up, they cycled 30 miles from Sandyford Fire Station to Mow Cop where they took on the infamous killer mile.

Lucy, aged 16, from Sandyford, said: "Once we found out about Miss Thompson's diagnosis we wanted to do something to help.

"We were only on £5 for the first week so we did start to panic a bit. And then we didn't actually do any practice before the ride, which made it a bit tougher.

"But it all worked out OK in the end."

Ellie, aged 15, from Burslem, said: "All our friends, family and teachers were waiting for us at the top of Mow Cop hill.

"We were dying afterwards but we're really glad we did it."

In total, the friends collected £1,731 for Cancer Research UK.

Fifteen-year-old Georgia, from Burslem, added: "My mum helped out with putting on the food for the fun day.

"We had face painting, guess how many sweets in a jar, name the teddy, all sorts of things.

"We're so grateful for the help of all our teachers, but Miss Barlow and Miss Cunningham have given us the most support."

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