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Friday, 20 May 2016
The sun shone and two hundred boys from Bolton School Junior Boys’ School (Years 3 to 6) donned a fantastic range of fancy dress outfits before running in relay pairs around the Senior Boys’ athletics track. This year’s charity run, which will see the boys bring in several thousand pounds of sponsorship money, was in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The boys selected this charity following a very kind donation from the family of old boy Simon Binner who died from MND last year. This was made all the more poignant following the very recent death of another Bolton School alumnus, Sir Harry Kroto, from the same terrible disease. Pupils have recently been learning about this devastating disease and monies raised will go towards funding further research into finding a cure.
There was a wide range of characters to behold – lots of animals, football players, Sumo wrestlers, Star Wars characters, super-heroes, gangsta rappers, a variety of fruits and on the eve of her 90th birthday, Her Majesty the Queen. The pupils and their teachers, who also wore fancy dress, were cheered on by a large number of parents who attended school for the afternoon.
Reflecting on the afternoon, Headteacher Mrs Faulkner said: "The annual Charity Fun Run is a much anticipated and highly enjoyable event. However, behind all the fun is a very serious message about the responsibility we have to support worthy causes in need of help. This year's chosen charity is particularly significant to us as a school and I am pleased that the boys chose it because this is such a poorly understood disease with relatively little publicity and fundraising to support it. If we can help the MND Association in some small way, both in their research work and in supporting those with this illness, I will be very proud indeed."
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