STUDENTS and staff at Cronton Sixth Form and Riverside College have raised £3,215 for Cancer Research UK with a Thrive for 5 activity.

Thrive for 5 was created as a virtual event in place of the cancelled Race for Life which was originally planned to take place at Victoria Park, Widnes. As the Race for Life was a 5k run, Thrive for 5 encouraged participants to do an exercise activity of their choice at home or during their daily hours exercise based around the number five.

The response was overwhelming, with images and videos being sent in by participants supporting the worthy cause. Some activities chosen included their own 5k run, five minutes of hula hooping and how many press ups they could do in five minutes.

Generous donations came in through the college’s JustGiving page by supporters which currently stands at £2,345. Offline donations, money raised through a Zumbathon event and a college football tournament earlier this year were tallied up to make a total of £3,215 for Cancer Research UK.

Donna Elston, Head of Student Support, said: “It was such a shame that this year’s Race for Life event couldn’t go ahead but it has been amazing to see how many people have taken part in Thrive for 5 and donated to the cause during these challenging times.

"A big thank you to everyone who took part to make this a success.”

If you would like to make a donation for the cause, you can so via the JustGiving page at: