Poppy’s run for mum

Memorial cross country race raises �2.6k for hospice

AN emotional charity cross country race organised by a West Buckland student has raised �2,600 for North Devon Hospice.

Sixth former boarder Poppy Henson, 17, organised the school’s first run of the season to celebrate the life of her late mother Elizabeth, who died of post-operative complications after being given the “all clear” from cancer earlier this year.

Competitors taking part in September’s “Team Elizabeth” boys’ and girls’ senior runs were asked to donate a pound each for their race number and many of Poppy’s peers donated more after being impressed by her moving tribute, presented during school assembly.

Presenting the money to the hospice this week, Poppy thanked all who took part and sports tutor, Johnny Goode, for his help in organising the event.

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