Pupils banding together for Kim

Ellie Park, nine, with pupils from Stanah, Thornton, Northfold and Baines Endowed and (below) Kim Rossall.
Ellie Park, nine, with pupils from Stanah, Thornton, Northfold and Baines Endowed and (below) Kim Rossall.
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Pupils at Stanah Primary School took to their school grounds and walked three kilometers to support courageous Thornton woman Kim Rossall.

Kim, who is 20 and a former pupil at the school, is battling terminal cancer after developing a tumour on her leg two years ago.

Kim Rossall

Kim Rossall

As she prepares to embark on the Race for life in April, 382 children from Stanah collected sponsorship and took to the school field for a race of their own.

The cash will go towards the Young Oncology Unit (YOU) at Christie’s Hospital where Kim has been treated.

Hamish Clough, headteacher said: “Kim is an ex-pupil of ours and part of our Stanah family.

“We firmly believe schools can be at the centre of a community so we were really keen to do all we can to support Kim.

“We wanted to do something special and thought a sponsored walk would be perfect because the whole school can take part.

“It poured with rain in the morning of the event but luckily by the afternoon it was glorious.

“All the children and staff walked together and sang school songs, it was lovely to see.

“We are hopeful we will have raised a substantial amount by the time the sponsorship comes in.”

The school has also had blue wristbands made which read Support Kim and YOU.

The idea of supporting Kim and the Young Oncology Unit at Christie’s was put before the Pupil’s Parliament and support quickly grew.

Many of the schools from around the Thonrton and Cleveleys area also signed up to show their support by pledging to support the charity for a year.

Pupil Ellie Park, 10 said: “It was a nice day when we did the walk and great to be doing something for our charity, it made me feel proud.

Cain Donnelly added: “We are children too and if we were ill we would want to have the best treatment. We want to help Kim and the Young Oncology Unit because she was a Stanah pupil like us.”

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