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TEACHER TREK: Teacher swaps philosophy for marathon running to raise money for cancer centre

 Published on: 1st February 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A teacher at Northwood College for Girls will be taking on the challenging London Marathon this year to raise money for the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC).

Jo Hughes, Assistant Head and teacher of philosophy, will be putting on her running shoes this October to race in the 26-mile dash, continuing the school’s long-standing fundraising relationship with the cancer centre.

MVCC even awarded the college their ‘Best Fundraising Team’ prize last year after they managed to raise £150,00 at the Moor Park Fun Run, with the junior school as getting £500 for the centre in last December’s Santa Dash.

Speaking about why she chose MVCC as her cause, Jo said: “1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so it is no surprise that many within our community have been affected by this disease.

“The good news is that many have also benefited from the incredible support of the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, and this is why I am honoured to run the London Marathon 2022 and raise money and awareness on behalf of this fantastic cause.”

Mrs Rebecca Brown, Head of Northwood College, added: “We are all so very proud of Jo. Her determination is a testament to our school mission statement, which highlights the importance of global responsibility and acting with compassion and integrity.

“We wish Jo the very best of luck and will be cheering her on next October.”

To donate to Jo’s fundraiser, visit

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