Families back cancer charity efforts
BOYS and girls from the Tynings in Staple Hill have helped a parent at the school to boost her fundraising appeal for a cancer charity.
Mum Leanne Cooper approached deputy head teacher Angela Berger to ask if the school could support her when she took part in the Mighty Hike in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Mrs Berger didn't think twice and organised a special challenge for pupils – could they walk five marathons in one day?
The youngsters came into school on May 23 dressed in sports clothing in return for a donation of their choice and then took part in the challenge.
Mrs Berger said: “Children in reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 each walked one lap of the school grounds and children in Years 4, 5 and 6 walked two laps. The combined distance walked was equivalent to just over five marathons. An amazing £490 was raised on the day.
“It has been great to see the whole school community come together to support one of our parents in raising money for this important cause. We are so grateful to everyone who helped to make it a success.”
Along with her sister Kelly Wood, Leanne successfully conquered the Mighty Hike on June 8, taking 10 hours and 62,000 steps and raising £1,400 for Macmillan.
Leanne said: “The hike was a great - we walked from Brighton to Eastbourne which was 26.3 miles. We encountered everything Mother Nature could throw at us - from rain and hail to gale force winds and I even got sunburnt. It was tough and the following days were very painful but it was worth it for all the money we raised for such a great cause.
“I was so touched when the school said they were happy to get involved. Mrs Berger went out of her way too help me. The children really enjoyed the event and I just couldn’t believe how much they raised. I was so overwhelmed, they are all just amazing.”