School heads take on half-marathon for children’s cancer charity

TWO school principals put on their running shoes to raise money for charity.

Andrew Chadwick – head of the school at Wilsden Primary – and Liz Davison, principal of both Wilsden and Thornton primary schools, are running a half marathon next month.

They are raising much-needed funds for CLIC Sargent, which supports young people battling cancer.

The duo decided to take up the challenge after hearing from a former colleague about the support the charity had given her family.

Wilsden Primary also supported CLIC Sargent late last year, when families at the school – instead of buying gifts for staff – donated gifts to children spending Christmas in hospital.

Andrew and Liz say they will be “more than happy” to be able to complete the half marathon, but add that they “secretly” hope to complete the 13.1 miles in just over three hours.

They plan to follow a route along the canal towpath between Shipley and Leeds.

An online fundraising page, at, has already raised more than £1,180.

Andrew said: “This year I turned 40 and I was looking for a challenge; well, this is it!

“CLIC Sargent is based in the Children’s Hospital in Leeds and so directly supports our local communities.

“The work it does to support families emotionally, physically and financially as they experience the most devastating news imaginable is incredible and we just wanted to do something small to show how much we appreciate its commitment.”

Liz said: “I haven’t run anywhere since I did a quick sprint for the last bus as a teenager, so this is definitely going to be a challenge!

“I can’t think of a charity that makes more money than one that helps young people and their families navigate the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. Please consider donating and support the amazing work it’s doing.”

Wilsden and Thornton primary schools are both part of Focus-Trust.

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