Earlscliffe School Raises £1300 for Charity with 5km Race for Life

Posted: 20th June 2024

One of Earlscliffe’s core (and possibly most important) values is “community”. This June, our students and staff put this belief into action by participating in the Race for Life. The team of eight runners successfully raised £1300 for cancer research.

Most of the team had very little running experience so this 5km race not only showcased their determination to step out of their comfort zone for a good cause but also underscored the importance of empathy and personal growth.


The Event

The 5km Race for Life event, part of a national initiative organised by Cancer Research UK, was set along the beautiful Folkestone Leas – only a 5-minute walk from the Earlscliffe Main Building. The coastal promenade was transformed, decked in pink, and full of those who were either partaking in the event or cheering on friends and family.

The race took participants through scenic routes around the school. Students and staff alike pushed their limits, encouraging each other and team building along the way. Charity events like the Race for Life are more than just fundraisers; they are powerful educational tools and community builders, especially in a boarding school setting like Earlscliffe.

We believe that boarding school is about more than what happens within the classroom, but is also about the enrichment activities that truly build a well-rounded character. Many of these experiences are useful for university and career applications, such as:


Fostering Empathy and Social Responsibility

Engaging in charity work helps students develop a sense of empathy and social responsibility. By participating in events like the Race for Life, students learn about the challenges faced by those affected by cancer and the importance of contributing to societal good. This understanding fosters a compassionate attitude, encouraging students to think beyond their immediate environment and consider the broader community.


Enhancing Physical and Mental Well-being

Physical activities such as the 5km run are crucial for students’ health and well-being. Boarding school life can be academically demanding, and such events provide a welcome break, promoting fitness and reducing stress. Moreover, the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a race can boost students’ confidence and mental resilience.


Building a Stronger Community

Charity events bring the school community together, creating a sense of unity and belonging. When students and staff work towards a common goal, it strengthens relationships and builds a supportive environment. These shared experiences contribute to a positive school culture where everyone feels connected and valued.


The £1000 raised by the Earlscliffe community will contribute significantly to Cancer Research UK’s ongoing efforts to fight cancer. This philanthropic activity is just one of the many charity fundraisers and awareness campaigns that run throughout the year, with our new Earlscliffe 2024/2025 Interact Committee leading a number of new initiatives.


For more information about Earlscliffe and our initiatives, visit www.earlscliffe.co.uk


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