10k challenge raises £3k for school

March 26 2021

Lewis Keegans-Wood

Lewis Keegans-Wood

A SPORTS fan inspired his fellow pupils at a Downend school to run, walk, scoot and cycle 10 kilometres to raise more than £3,000.
Christ Church Junior School pupil Lewis Keegans-Wood couldn’t take part in his usual football, cricket and swimming sessions during lockdown, so he set himself the target of running 10k for his tenth birthday in January.
His mum Lisa is a member of the school’s friends committee and suggested Lewis could raise money to help buy new playground equipment with his run.
Lewis decided to get some friends involved and from there the plan snowballed, with children, families and teachers across the school joining in, pledging to complete 10k over three weeks in January and February.
As the Voice went to print the 10k for CCJ event had raised more than £3,000 towards the £25,000 the school aims to raise for the project.
Some children who were still attending school used its daily mile track to run their 10k distance, while others could be seen in Page Park, King George V playing fields, Ashton Court and local pavements and paths, completing their challenges.
A spokesperson for the Friends of Christ Church Juniors said: “It was an event that could go ahead despite the Covid restrictions, and something positive we could do together (while apart!) as a school community.
“We were amazed by the response during such challenging times for everyone and we’d just like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who took part and sponsored the children (and adults!) to do their 10ks.”
Lisa said Lewis had started joining in the Pomphrey Hill parkrun with her before the first lockdown put a stop to them.
She said: “We relied on walks and cycle rides to keep Lewis and his younger brother Dylan active during the first lockdown, but it wasn’t long before Lewis was joining me on my runs.
“Having seen me complete some 10K runs, he decided that he wanted to make that his target for his 10th birthday.
“This ambitious aim inspired the whole 10K for CCJ event. I am very proud to say that he completed his 10K on his 10th birthday, as well as two cycle rides and two long walks within the three week timeframe – totalling over 50K in all!
“However I am equally proud of all the other CCJ children who took on their own challenges during the event – there were some really amazing achievements.
“Receiving their messages and photos and seeing their smiles was really heart-warming, and made a tricky time seem brighter.”
School head teacher Pippa Osborne said: “I am so incredibly proud of the determination the children have shown in completing this challenge and the creative and innovative ways they have done it.
“It is also amazing to have raised almost £3,000 for the new playground equipment and it means that the £25,000 target doesn't feel so unmanageable now.
“A massive thank you to Lewis and all the Friends of CCJ for organising such a successful event. As always, it makes me feel so lucky to have such a supportive community to work in.”
The school’s fundraising page will stay open until the end of April and can be found online at
donatemyschool.com/friends-of-christ-church-junior-school-2451.