CHILDREN from Wark First School have put their best feet forward to raise a thousand pounds for charity. 

Held on the village green, runners donned their best pink clothes in the annual Race for Life, raising money for Cancer Research UK. 

Pupils from the first school and pre-school took part in the day of events which included a 30-minute run around the village green and the Cooper Cup, named after a former teacher, which is awarded to a different pupil each year. This year, Victoria Ritchie was awarded the trophy for wearing the most pink items of clothing and accessories.

Last year, the school raised £2,000, but the money was stolen after burglars broke into the school and made off with the safe which contained the proceeds.

The total raised so far is between £900 and £1,000, and with sponsor money still being counted, this year’s total is on course to match last years fund-raising efforts.

Deputy headteacher Mike Boucetla, who organised the Race for Life, said: “ It was great to see the whole village come out and support the schools fund-raising efforts. 
“It was a great success, and especially after last year’s events where the £2,000 we raised was stolen. It shows that the school cannot be deterred by set backs and continue to raise money for a good cause.”