Running shoes are tied for a charity fundraising event taking place in Workington.

Schoolchildren and staff at Distington Community School are taking part in 'Race for Life' to support the incredible work of Cancer Research UK.

It was the charitable idea of Steven Bragg, a teacher at the school, who wanted to do something more for his school and community. He said:

"We have decided to take part in the 'Race for Life' because we have been working really hard over the past year or so to improve the levels of daily activity that all of our children are engaging with on a daily basis.

"During the school year we have had a 'Santa Dash' and an 'Easter Bunny Dash', and the children enjoyed taking part in these events, so when we found out about the 'Race for Life Schools' we thought that it would be such a great opportunity for our children to get involved with and that we could raise some money to support such an amazing charity after what has been such a difficult 18 months or so for all charities."

The kids have been practicing in the school yard every week and the race for life will start off the school's annual summer term sports week, which will be taking place from June 28 to July 2.

"So many people's lives have been affected by cancer and if we are able to give something back, even in a small way, it will be fantastic," said Steven.

"Cancer Research is such an important charity and so many people are affected by cancer, whether that is themselves or someone they know, and this may be something that many of our families and members of the wider community can relate to in some way.

"If we can help, in anyway we can, after the difficult time many charities have had over the past year or two it will be fantastic."

The school is aiming to raise £500 and is currently at £100 with donations flying in.

"If we can exceed our target and donate more to Cancer Research that it will be even more amazing," Steven said.

The school kids and teachers will be running at the school grounds and the main building to show their support for the charity.

The children will be running between 1km and 5km depending on the year group and their age.

All children from nursery up to Year 6 will be taking part at different times during the school day.

Steven said: "Race for Life Schools is free for a school to enter, and we have been provided with all of the kit we need to host the event on a day that is suitable for us. I highly recommend that more schools take part."

"One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

"Every single pound we donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s ground breaking work, so please sponsor us now."

Steven added: "All of our children have been given sponsor forms but we are accepting donations online too. Thank you for everyone's support so far."

Donations for Distington school's fundraiser can be made at the school or on their Just Giving page online.

The website link is: and search for Distington Community School.