The memory of Teenage Cancer Trust hero Stephen Sutton lives on through secondary school students in Malmesbury who donned wigs for a fundraising run.
Dozens of teenagers stayed on after school on Friday to race around the field raising hundreds for the trust in memory of the 19-year-old who died on Wednesday last week after a long battle with cancer, during which time he raised £3.2m.
It is part of a trio of events they are doing, including a swimming and cycling fundraiser to complete a combined 214 miles, the equivalent of London to Paris, although it’s a target they hope to exceed.
Liam Condon, head of William House at Malmesbury School, said: “We had about 40 students and staff running in the sweltering heat, all in various wigs and head attire.
“We ran more than 150 miles between us in about 40 minutes so we are already over halfway.”
Stephen Sutton, from Staffordshire, gained global interest after compiling an ambitious ‘bucket list’ of things to do before he died after being told his cancer was terminal. Among his aims was to raise £10,000 for the trust.
Mr Condon said: “What’s really important about the event, other than raising money, is the message, as Stephen Sutton said, that we don’t measure life in how long we live, but what we do.”
The trust is the school’s charity of choice and so far they have raised £10,000.
“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the trust and over the years we have looked at all kinds of individuals and very often you hear of the success stories,” Mr Condon said.