Mount Vernon Cancer Centre present Northwood College for Girls with ‘Best Fundraising Team’ accolade

The pupils and staff at leading day school, Northwood College for Girls, were delighted to welcome Joe Dunster (Fundraising Manager at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre & Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre) into school last week. Joe made his special visit to present the school with a trophy for being the ‘Best Fundraising Team’ at last month’s Moor Park 10K Annual Run.

Over 200 members of the NWC Community, which included pupils, parents and staff, joined forces to train and run together to exceed their original fundraising target of £10,000, by going on to raise a staggering £15,000!

Head, Mrs Rebecca Brown, commented: “I am so proud and grateful to be a part of our unique community at Northwood. We share the same ambitions as our parents do when it comes to creating the best futures for our students, and in working so closely together over the years, we have evolved into a community of people who value spending quality time together.

“Team NWC absolutely excel at raising money for vital causes, because we are all equally dedicated to improving the lives of others, and have a lot of fun together whilst doing so!”

Months of hard work, training, and fundraising resulted in this incredible donation which will support the excellent work carried out by the staff at Mount Vernon and ensure that they make a difference to patients, improving treatment and enhancing, where possible, individual experiences.

Mrs Brown commented: “I am particularly grateful to our Year 2 parent, Arun, who led our Moor Park campaign. Arun spent so much time organising training sessions and generating donations; and I know first-hand how much work is involved, as I am delighted to have completed my first ever 10-kilometre run at the event.”

Team NWC’s donation was the largest raised by a single group, contributing just over a quarter of the total funds raised at the event. Aanya, a Year 4 student, secured a generous donation of £1,000 from the Business Management Consultants, Calibrate Consulting. One Northwood parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, individually raised £3,500, inspired by the immense hard work and dedication the NHS offered their family during their own experience with cancer.

Team NWC brought great spirit and enthusiasm to Moor Park, with the largest group of students at the fun runs, and a team of almost 80 participants in the 10K walk and run. Louise Dyg Pederson, a mother of three with two daughters at Northwood, was the fastest female overall for the 10K run, with an impressive time of 44 minutes. Mahesh Dabasia, another NWC parent, finished tenth overall with a time of 42 minutes, whilst first, second and third places for the Under 4’s were all Northwood students.

For many members of Team NWC, this was their first foray into a 10K walk or run; congratulations to Radhika Dabasia, Sajel Patel, Jennifer Sogamoso, Seema Gattani, Ishani, Bansri Patel, Jesveen Mules, Shamini Singh Sachdev, Roopesh Panchasra, Jateen Patel, Reema Rughani, Nisha Patel, and Pallavi Nanda-Mehrotra for completing this fantastic achievement!

Mrs Brown concludes: “May I give a big thank you to Joe for coming into school to present us with this trophy, our girls and staff will display it with pride and joy and I look forward to the next opportunity for our community to exceed our fundraising target.”