Pupils and staff at Perth Secondary School will put on their running shoes this weekend to help raise money for a teen cancer charity.

More than 200 pupils and staff will run or walk 5km at the Perth parkrun this Saturday in memory of former pupil Gavin Russell, who died of Ewing’s sarcoma last year.

It is hoped the race will help raise thousands of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which provides care and support for young people facing cancer.

“The more we harvest, the better”

This weekend will be the third time Perth High School has taken part in the event and the school has raised over £18,000 for the charity since 2018.

Saturday’s race, however, will be even more poignant after Gavin passed away from bone cancer last September at the age of 20.

Dr Stephen Jones, who teaches chemistry at Perth Secondary School, said: “For a lot of the staff, it’s really poignant. We knew Gavin and his family, so there’s a bit more emotion as the event approaches.

Left to right, teachers Kirstin Hardie, Dr Stephen Jones and Hazel Guthrie alongside some of the students taking part in the race. Steve MacDougall/DCT Media.

“This year 215 staff and pupils have signed up and we are aiming to raise £5,000.

“We’ve asked everyone who takes part to try and raise at least £20 and if everyone does that and a bit more I think we should be able to meet our target.

“The more we raise to help Teenage Cancer Trust, the better!”

“I saw the impact it has on young people”

the Teen Cancer Trust operates across the UK and helps fund specialist nurses and hospital units in the NHS so young people can be supported through treatment.

Dr Jones said: “Before coming to Perth High School I worked for the Teenage Cancer Trust and saw first hand the impact it has on young people.

“Without a charity like them, young people are either treated like toddlers or pensioners. There seems to be no middle ground.

“The main thing is the youth quarters that have jukeboxes, game consoles and pool tables.

We knew Gavin and his family, so there’s a bit more emotion as the event approaches.

Doctor Stephen Jones

“It’s about treating young people in an age-appropriate way.”

Dr Jones thanked Perth parkrun for hosting all staff and students, as well as local businesses who helped sponsor the t-shirts they will wear on the day.

To donate to the school’s fundraising efforts, visit its JustGiving page here.

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