British Heart Foundation working with Hartlepool schools to boost health

Fens primary school pupils pictured with BHF mascot Hearty following he presentation to the charity. Pictured are Luke Rowntree, Eleanor Robinson, Kyan Sedgewick, Lennon Spikins, Keira Dore, Poppy Dore, Laura Picken and Jasmine Wilford.

Fens primary school pupils pictured with BHF mascot Hearty following he presentation to the charity. Pictured are Luke Rowntree, Eleanor Robinson, Kyan Sedgewick, Lennon Spikins, Keira Dore, Poppy Dore, Laura Picken and Jasmine Wilford.

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A HEALTHY living campaign aimed at children got a hearty boost when active youngsters raised over £4,000 in one day.

The British Heart Foundation is working with schools across Hartlepool to raise awareness of the importance of eating healthily and doing exercise as part of its Younger and Wiser initiative.

Pupils at Fens Primary School jumped to it when they held a sponsored skip which raised an amazing £4,531 in just one day.

It will go towards vital research into finding cures for various kinds of heart disease.

Around 400 children from Fens Primary reception to Year 6 threw themselves into the skipathon which saw them take turns in skipping to music for 30 minutes non stop.

They skipped on their own, in pairs and in some bigger groups using long skipping ropes.

School PE co-ordinator Elaine Wilkinson said: “It was brilliant. In the run up we encouraged children to skip in the playground and the older children worked with the younger ones so they were ready for it.

“We raised over and above what we expected to and are absolutely thrilled. We can’t believe it.”

A 20 per cent slice of the money raised will go to Fens Primary’s school funds.

An official presentation will take place in September.

Chris Briddon, a British Heart Foundation nurse practitioner based within Hartlepool Borough Council’s public health department, said: “The whole school got behind the project and to raise over £4,000 is just absolutely phenomenal.

“It will certainly be put to good use.”