Cancer Research UK Relay for Life
Walking into the night
When asked to join the Cancer Reasearch Relay for Life event, the Kingsley School students and staff rose to the challenge in magnificent form. Twenty-one boarders from the girls house signed up as team members and went along to Braunton Athletics Track complete with tents and duvets. They entered into the spirit of this 24 hour sponsored walk with an enthusiasm that made the staff very proud. The School took part as the "United Nations Team" with 12 countries represented including staff and students from Germany, Zimbabwe, China, Russia, Holland, Spain, Taiwan, Hong Kong, America, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The girls ranging in age from 9 to 18 dressed up as Hawaiian dancers, pirates and clowns for special themed laps, and walked until midnight wearing their pyjamas. They danced, sang and even cartwheeled around the track. The GAP student and School receptionist bravely put on pretty dresses and some carefully applied make-up and won the "Miss Relay" lap! There was plenty of opportunity to enjoy an icecream in the Saturday sunshine and everyone had a fish and chip supper. The very early morning shift was taken over by staff, who were joined by some of the older girls who couldn't sleep or just wanted to take in the special candlelit atmosphere.
Sunday brought torrential rain, but it didn't dampen their spirits and the girls returned to Bideford tired but pleased they had help to raise about £500 for this worthwhile cause.
The event was superbly well organised by the North Devon Relay for Life Commitee from Braunton, with bands, dancers and choirs to entertain the walkers as they took part. The RAF Helicopter from Chivenor even flew over to cheer everyone on!
Special thanks go to Mrs Anne Cadd who was the Kingsley School Team Manager and Mrs Linda Stella who masterminded the boarding girls.