School Grounds News

The Thornton 10K, 5K and 5K Canicross raises an amazing £3,600 for Medical Detection Dogs.

A brand-new race event in Thornton's beautiful grounds saw a fantastic turnout – 159 runners, plus 49 dogs – all running to raise funds for Medical Detection Dogs.

The inaugural Thornton 10K, 5K and Paws for a Cure Canicross (A 5K run with a dog) took place on Saturday. Medical Detection Dogs is a local charity, based in Great Horwood, at the forefront of the fight against cancer. It trains dogs to detect the smell of life-threatening diseases but receives no government funding.

A team of Year 12s had been set a challenge by the charity to raise £2,000 to name a puppy Thornton. The students planned the event, securing generous sponsorship from Steven Eagell, Toyota, Milton Keynes Veterinary Group and Audi.

They stocked the café with delicious homemade cakes and hot sausage rolls, kindly provided by Diana Campbell (chair of Friends of Thornton) and encouraged competitors to sport a paw print on their cheeks and have their photograph taken by Millie B, a budding photographer from Year 10. Old Thorntonian Sharon Sackey, now a chiropractor, was also on hand to give free massages and treatments to athletes with the help of physiotherapist Yan, also an old Thorntonian.

External events company, Nice Work, was responsible for the race itself; next year we hope to make even more money by organising the whole event in-house.

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the fundraiser and helping us to raise £3,600, exceeding our target by a considerable margin! Congratulations also to our own Nikki K (7J), who took first place in the 5K run in a time of 21 minutes, 42 seconds.


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