Poppy and Daisy’s story inspires race

Race for Life schools event at Malcolm Sargent Primary School EMN-160407-121155001
Race for Life schools event at Malcolm Sargent Primary School EMN-160407-121155001
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Two little girls who lost their daddy to cancer were among dozens of youngsters who ran a school Race for Life event organised by their mum.

Kay Harrington, from Stamford, decided to organise the event after her daughter Poppy, now six, approached her and asked if they could do something in memory of her daddy.

Jonathan Harrington died in 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was 37.

Kay decided against taking part in the Race for Life at Burghley Park as she felt Poppy was too young, so she set about organising a school Race for Life.

It was hosted by Malcolm Sargent Primary School, where Poppy and her sister Daisy, eight, attend, and Kay is a member of the PTFA. The event took place in sunshine on the school field on Sunday.

Thanks to the kind sponsorship and support of the PTFA, 265 children and their families took part in two races - one for Key Stage 1 and one for Key Stage 2.

All the participating children got a medal, which were handed out by Jonathan’s mum Gloria and his sister Julie.

Kay, who also lost her mum to ovarian cancer, said: “It was really overwhelming to see so many children taking part.

“The whole school was asked to get involved and I went into school to do an assembly but I never expected such a fantastic turnout. It sort of spiralled as more people heard about it.

“It was obviously a very emotional day. The children loved it and it was lovely for them to say ‘We’re running in memory of our daddy’.

“All the children had the memorial plaques on their backs and I think it was helpful for my daughters to see that they’re not alone and to feel supported.

“Everyone had their own reasons for doing it but it was such a nice day for everyone to come together.”

As well as Poppy and Daisy, Jon’s nieces Isabel and Amy Wilson also took part.

A JustGiving page set up the event so far has more than £500 donated and all the children have been given sponsorship forms. The money, as with all Race for Life events, will go to Cancer Research UK.

Kay thanked all the volunteers from the school’s PTFA, who helped at the event.

If you would like to donate to the school’s fundraising total visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Malcolm-sargent-raceforlife

l On Tuesday evening, thousands of women - some from the Mercury area - took part in Peterborough’s Race for Life event at Ferry Meadows.