Lawn Manor pupil raises over £300 for charity with 100-mile challenge

By Jessica Durston - 17 October 2022

  • Carys Marston

    Carys Marston

13-year-old Carys Marston has raised over £300 towards life-saving research, by challenging herself to walk 100 miles for Cancer Research UK.

Lawn Manor School pupil Carys walked to and from school every day for a month to help complete this challenge.

As well as her commute to school, she also took strolls around her local park in the evenings and weekends, in order to clock up the miles and successfully complete her goal.

Carys has lost three close family members in the space of four years to cancer, and said she wanted to raise money to help fund vital research - for the estimated one in two people who will develop cancer in their lifetimes according to Cancer Research UK.

All of Cary’s family say they are extremely proud of her achievement.

Mum, Helen Marston, said: “She was motivated to give this a go because she knows the money raised helps to fund a good cause. 

"Unfortunately, her Auntie, Nan and Grampy have died of cancer in recent years along with several members of our family and friends, plus others who have battled cancer and survived. Doing it for them gave her a real sense of purpose and the motivation to persevere.”

Carys and Helen both also completed a 5k run for Great Western Hospital dressed in superhero outfits last year.

Marek Koza, Assistant Headteacher at Lawn Manor Academy said: “Our school community is extremely proud of Carys for taking on this challenge and having the determination to succeed.”

Lawn Manor Academy is part of the Ascend Learning Trust (formerly the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust). 

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