‘We’re in the pink’

Head Nikki Shore (left) starts the 'walk' with Keira Jarvis (third right) and friends
Head Nikki Shore (left) starts the 'walk' with Keira Jarvis (third right) and friends

Big-hearted Kira Jarvis has more than 4,000 reasons to say a big thank you to all her friends at Banovallum School in Horncastle.

She has raised over £4,300 for Cancer Research UK after the school staged an amazingly successful Pink Day.

Kira, a Year 10 student, came up with the idea in memory of her aunt who died from cancer in 2012.

Initially, Kira had targeted £1,500.

However, with the support of friends, family, parents and staff at Banovallum, she smashed through the £4,000 barrier.

Kira told the News: “It’s brilliant and I’d like to thank everyone who helped.

“I had hoped for £1,500 at the start so to raise more than £4,000 is fantastic.”

Kira’s aunt died at the age of 40 after battling breast cancer for six-and-a-half years.

The ‘Pink Day’ saw pupils and staff pay a donation to wear as much pink-coloured clothing as possible.

They took part in a sponsored walks and runs around the school grounds.

There were a host of other fundraising activities including a DJ who played dedications for further donations - and a cake sale

Headteacher Nicki Shore praised Kira and the entire school, adding that she - and the governors - felt “proud and grateful.”

Ms Shore added: “We are absolutely delighted with the fundraising efforts of our students and staff.

“It is a fantastic amount and the school was united in its efforts once again.

“Education is so much about partnership, resilience and community spirit and this was yet another occasion for myself and the governors to feel proud and grateful.

“The whole event was led by Kira and it was she who addressed and thanked the entire school at the end of the event.

“It wouldn’t happen without staff dedication though.

“Special thanks go to Mr Metheringham for supporting Kira, and Mr Thorpe and Mr Bollan who kept us all going through the hour and an half race.”