Poppy’s poignant run for mum

Joseph Bulmer

Cross country run organised to celebrate life cut short

A WEST Buckland student has organised an emotional charity cross country race to celebrate the life of her late mother.

Sixth former boarder Poppy Henson, 17, organised the school’s first run of the season to raise more than �2,500 for North Devon Hospice.

Her mother Elizabeth died earlier this year after winning her fight against cancer but dying of post-operative complications after being given the “all clear”.

Competitors taking part in the “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.

One student gave an evening’s babysitting earnings to the fund, which totalled �2505.39p.

Poppy’s father Stephen came to participate in the race from their home in Belgium, where he is a Wing Commander in the RAF. He was joined by Poppy’s sister Megan and other local friends.

Poignantly, he drove from Belgium in a gleaming Audi cabriolet, the car that his wife had promised herself she would get, if and when, she beat cancer.

West Buckland children also donated money raised from the Prep School coffee morning and a croissant sale to mark the European Day of Languages.