Ryan Hoare

Local Headteacher takes on London Marathon to help fight childhood cancer

Nathan Thomas, Headteacher at Winton Community Academy is taking to the streets in April’s London Marathon to continue to raise funds for the leading national children’s cancer charity Children with Cancer UK.

First-time marathon runner Nathan said

Training is going well and I am up to 20 miles a week now and I’ve managed pretty well to stick to my regime. I know running a marathon will be a really tough test both physically and mentally, but compared to what children undergoing cancer treatment endure, it just can’t compare.

Nathan was inspired to run the marathon after one of the academies students, Ryan Hoar recently passed away after being diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.

Ryan was a very special young man who just wanted to come to school.  I’ve set myself a fundraising target of £3,000, which will go to Children with Cancer UK and the vital research they fund to discover new and better treatments for childhood cancers.

Staff and students at the academy are already supporting the cause and recently they held a Charity Festival to add extra funds to the pot.  Guests were treated to an evening of student dance and song before Nathan Thomas’s bandThe Mike Parker Experience’ took to the stage for a night of songs from the past 30 years.

The class of 1978 have also organised and paid for a new bench for the academy in the colours of Ryan’s favourite football team, Liverpool FC. Also on the evening, the academy unveiled a wall plaque made by LEGO USA as a tribute to Ryan’s passion for building bricks.

Nathan adds:

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me and if anyone else would like to sponsor me they can do so via Just Giving page here.

Ryan Hoar pupil who sadly passed due to Neuroblastoma.

Photo Gallery: Nathan Thomas, Headteacher of Winton Community Academy


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