Schoolchildren will take part in a fun run to raise money to help people suffering from a blood disorder.

St Andrew the Apostle School, in Oakleigh Road, Barnet, will support the UK Thalassaemia Society after learning about the disease during an asssembly.

UKTS representative Katerina Loizi spoke about the genetic condition, which affects the production of red blood cells amongst those of Asian, Chinese and Mediterranean heritage.

Medical advances now mean the disease is preventable and treatable, but the society relies solely on donations.

She encouraged the students and their parents to take part in the fun run on Sunday May 4 and gave out registration forms.

Headteacher Robert Ahearn, who is a seasoned marathon runner, encouraged his students to take up the challenge of the 10km rather than the 5km route.

He said “It is important to raise awareness of the issues for families and communities as a whole; and it is very much part of the school’s ethos to help and support people. It will be fantastic for students, parents and staff to take part together.”

Since opening last September, St Andrew the Apostle School has raised over £1200 for various charities.