Sheffield school unites to raise funds for special cancer charity

Chaucer student Bobby Rogers is currently battling alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma
Chaucer student Bobby Rogers is currently battling alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma
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Pupils at a Sheffield school have united to take part in a fundraising event, in order to raise money for a childhood cancer charity that has a special place in the heart of the school.

The students from Chaucer School in Parson Cross are set to take part in a sponsored walk on their last day of term tomorrow, in the name of one student who is currently battling cancer.

Chaucer School, Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield

Chaucer School, Wordsworth Avenue, Sheffield

In previous years, the students have taken part in the Race at Your Place, in aid of cancer research, but this year all money raised will go towards a specific charity to raise funds for research into a rare form of cancer.

Students from year seven through to year 10 will take part in the ‘Race for Bobby’ named after student Bobby Rogers, in a bid to raise funds for the Chris Lucas trust.

The charity helps raise funds for research into rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer that develops in the supporting tissues of the body, and resembles muscle tissue.

Bobby 13, is a year eight student at the school and was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in June 2015, initially undergoing 18 months of gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

However, just six months after treatment he relapsed, and had to face yet more treatment for the cancer which finished in March this year.

Unfortunately, Bobby and his family were dealt another devastating blow when, in May, Bobby again relapsed and has since been through more radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

He has just finished radiotherapy treatment, but is currently still enduring chemotherapy.

Carol Wrigglesworth, the Head of Library at Chaucer School, has been supporting Bobby in one to one lessons in the library at times when he struggles to move around the school, describing him as very popular amongst his peers.

She said: "We thought we'd do something to help. It will take place on the school grounds on the running track, and everyone has been really positive about it and getting behind it. The students will be doing it at their own pace, it's just about raising awareness."

Bobby's mum Lesley Rogers said: "It's been very tough. He goes into school when he can, he has five days of treatment and is very poorly."

She says that one day, she hopes that Bobby will be able to live life like a normal child.

The Chris Lucas Trust was set up after teenager Chris’s tragic death from rhabdomyosarcoma in July 2000.

Chris’ parents, Lynn and Lynn, have so far raised over £2 million for research into rhabdomyosarcoma at the Institute of Cancer Research and continue to fund raise through flagship events such as the Great North Bike Ride.

Currently there are no effective targeted treatments for the aggressive form of the disease, but money raised goes towards the scientific research with hopes that children and teenagers with rhabdomyosarcoma could one day be offered more effective treatments

Speaking of the event Lesley Rogers said: "It's brilliant. It's a lovely idea, and I can't fault the school. They've been fantastic.

"Mr Edge the Head of Year phones up all the time and asks how Bobby is. They phoned and asked me which charity I wanted the money to go towards, and I chose this charity as they raise money specifically for Bobby's type of cancer."

You can donate via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-ayres5 or text CHAU59 with the amount to 70070