Going the extra mile for a worthy cause

PUBLISHED: 11:32 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 14:45 12 May 2010

Pupils, parents and staff at Barkway Primary School did their mile for Sport Relief.
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Pupils, parents and staff at Barkway Primary School did their mile for Sport Relief. 1822DW07

MORE than 500 pupils, teachers and staff from Greneway School in Royston completed a mile in aid of Sport Relief on Friday. The whole school took part and each donated £1 to the charity that supports disadvantaged young people and families in the UK as w

Warming up in Great Chishill and Compere Julian Tunnicliffe with Jo Ellis

MORE than 500 pupils, teachers and staff from Greneway School in Royston completed a mile in aid of Sport Relief on Friday.

The whole school took part and each donated £1 to the charity that supports disadvantaged young people and families in the UK as well as victims of poverty and exploitation world-wide.

PE teacher Rob Dowler, who organised the event, said that it was great seeing teachers, pupils and staff, including head teacher Sue Kennedy, taking part.

He said: "It was a great event, where everyone got involved. They had lots of fun and raised money for a worthy cause.

Greneway pupils had fun completing their mile

"It's nice to see the school involved in one big project that brought them all together. We've explained where the money will be going and all the children really enjoyed the run."

The run took place on the school playing fields and people taking part wore one red sock to show their support for the charity.

- BARKWAY Primary School also got in on the Sport Relief action as pupils, staff and parents walked and jogged around a meadow.

Over 40 children took part in the sponsored event and were accompanied by parents and staff, including head teacher Jenny Heinzelmann.

Organiser Jo Lyness said: "It was a lovely day that rounded off our school sports day very nicely. Most of the school took part and we hope to have raised a nice amount of money. We haven't totalled it up yet because the money is still coming in.

"The children had seen it on television and they wanted to be part of it and raise their own money. They enjoyed themselves and were all really enthusiastic."

- Toddlers through to adults took part in Great Chishill's run a mile on Saturday.

Over 250 people took part in the race including MP Andrew Lansley and Jo Ellis, an England hockey player.

The event raised £600 on the day.

Sarah Scott, who helped organise the event, said: "It was fantastic. We only thought about 100 people were going to take part so to get as many as we did was fantastic.

"It was very much a community event with all fractions of the village pulling together.

"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who turned up and made the day what it was.

"We would love to do it again in two years time.

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