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Coach’s health battle inspires fundraising goal

Pupils from Oakham School have rallied together to raise more than �1,000 by scoring as many goals as possible, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. From left, Ben Maitland, Liv Peacock, Nat Taylor, Alice Huddlestone, Jonathon Doku, Paul Spies, Imogen Gammidge, Matt Riddington and Ella Dupree

Pupils from Oakham School have rallied together to raise more than �1,000 by scoring as many goals as possible, to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. From left, Ben Maitland, Liv Peacock, Nat Taylor, Alice Huddlestone, Jonathon Doku, Paul Spies, Imogen Gammidge, Matt Riddington and Ella Dupree

Pupils from Oakham School have been inspired by their hockey coach’s battle with cancer to raise money for charity.

The youngsters pulled together to raise nearly £1,500 by scoring as many goals as possible across a range of sports to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The pupils came together during one weekend in support of 23-year-old Martin Scanlon, who is battling against lymphoma cancer.

Martin, a former England and Great Britain under-21 international hockey player, was originally diagnosed with the condition last year.

Despite successfully fighting off the disease and returning to coaching at Oakham and playing for Nottingham based Beeston Hockey Club, the cancer returned. Last month Martin began another course of chemotherapy.

On hearing the news, Martin’s close friend and Beeston teammate Sam Ward announced he would be donating £50 to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for every league goal he scored. This has led to the hockey community coming together to raise money as part of the Score4scan campaign.

The Oakham School sports department wanted to help out and so they dedicated a whole weekend to the Score4Scan campaign, which has so far raised £5,000 towards the £7,500 target.

Every point or goal that Oakham scored at hockey over the chosen weekend equated to a £1 donation.

In total, there were 39 games played in rugby, hockey, and lacrosse, with 450 pupils taking part and 239 points scored. As well as pupils donating money for their goals, there were pitch-side collections and donations from pupils and staff.

In total the school raised £1,492.55 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Iain Simpson, Oakham School director of sport, said: “This was a real chance for everybody involved in sport at Oakham to really show their support for Martin and to get behind him in his second fight against the illness.”

“It was important for us to let Martin know that he has so much support here at school.”

To donate to Score4Scan visit: www.justgiving.com/
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