Musicals-themed fun run proves a real showstopper for charities like EACH

A popular school fun run raised nearly £15,000 for worthy causes including East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The annual event was organised by students and teachers at St Mary’s School, in Cambridge, and took place at Lammas Land, in Newnham Road.

Participants donned fancy dress and ran laps of the park, to raise money for charity.

Between them, they managed to raise a record-breaking £14,970 to be split between EACH, Cambridge Women’s Aid, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Young Minds, CJ Community in Zimbabwe (for building a new secondary school in Mbizo) and RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation).

“In the fun run, and in focusing our fundraising generally, we try to adopt local, national and international causes,” said Daniel Bennett, Head of Religious Education and Director of Christian Life at St Mary’s.

“EACH is a charity we have supported in the past.

“It was chosen for the list this year by students helping to organise the run as both a local charity and one that was for the benefit of children and young people.”

Students and staff created an array of imaginatively designed costumes to fit the chosen theme of ‘Fun Run – The Musical’.

Headmistress Charlotte Avery dressed up as a Lion King character and other fantastic costumes included Mary Poppins and Aladdin.

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire.

One of its three hospices is in Milton and the charity has seven shops across the county – Histon Road and Cherry Hinton Road, both in Cambridge, Cherry Hinton, Ely, Huntingdon, Soham and Whittlesey.


Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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