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Cancer scientists thank Beccles high school

PUBLISHED: 07:30 14 June 2014

Matthew Fawkes and chemistry teacher Claire Austin from the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, visiting the Cancer Research Institute at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Matthew Fawkes and chemistry teacher Claire Austin from the Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, visiting the Cancer Research Institute at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

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A group of Beccles students were invited for a tour of the Cancer Research Institute at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge as a way of saying thank you for their school's outstanding contribution to cancer research.

Sir John Leman High School has been running its Leman for Life fundraising event for the past three years and has now raised £24,000.

The fundraiser is the school’s own version of Cancer Research UK’s famous Race for Life, and involves staff and students running laps of the school field in fancy dress.

Sixth form students Alisha Cullen, Emma Lines and Matthew Fawkes, accompanied by chemistry teacher Claire Austin, were invited to meet with scientists who are researching cures for different types of cancer while also looking to find more personalised medicines and treatments for patients fighting the disease.

They were also given a talk by one of the professors at the institute who was able to explain the importance of a greater understanding of the proteins in our body and how it is believed that these will be crucial in attempts to find a cure for cancer.

The school will be holding its fourth Leman for Life event on Tuesday, July 1, and organisers hope to raise a further £6,500 to break the £30,000 barrier.

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