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British Schoolgirls’ Races raise over £600 for Myeloma UK

Hundreds of young racers turn out for the 2020 British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine.

Fundraising news // 12th February 2020

2020 marked the 61st edition of the British Schoolgirls’ Races, run by the Ladies Ski Club with more than 150 skiers from 54 school teams taking part in two days of races on the 27th and 28th January.

New for this year, the British Schoolgirls’ Races teamed up with Myeloma UK. The national blood cancer charity was nominated as the event’s official charity due to the personal connection with Myeloma UK chairman Marc Gordon, whose three daughters have been participating in the event for the last 12 years.

The event raised over £600 for Myeloma UK and was a resounding success despite tricky weather conditions. Historically the British Schoolgirls’ Races have been a breeding ground for young British talent, with Olympian Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans being previous competitors. The event plays a vital role in giving aspiring young female racers the chance to be part of well-organised on-snow races, which helps grow confidence and provide competitive experience.

Speaking at the event, Marc Gordon, Chairman, Myeloma UK said:

“Myeloma UK are delighted to be working with the British Schoolgirls’ Races and to be chosen as the event’s official charity, we are incredibly grateful for their support. Money raised from the event will go toward supporting patients and their families, with information and services when they need it. Myeloma UK is the only dedicated funder of myeloma research in the UK and we have ongoing commitment to invest in ground-breaking research. We don’t receive any government funding so events like the British Schoolgirls’ Races are vital to help fund innovative Clinical Trials that provide patients access to promising new treatments. It was a real pleasure to watch the races and on behalf of everyone at Myeloma UK I would like to congratulate the organisers and participants for such a wonderful event.”

British Schoolgirls’ Races organiser Anne Taylor said following the event: “We are very pleased to support Myeloma UK. We want to say a huge thank-you to Flaine for hosting us again, all the schools, teachers and parents, as well as our volunteers and sponsors. Without them, this event wouldn’t be as professional and smooth running as it is.”

If you would like to organize for fundraising sporting event please contact the fundraising team on 0131 557 3332 or email fundraising@myeloma.org.uk.