Students swap classroom for country park as Children in Need fundraising starts

English Martyrs School pupils at the start of their Children In Need fun run held at Summerhill.
English Martyrs School pupils at the start of their Children In Need fun run held at Summerhill.
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SCORES of students swapped the classroom for a run around a country park as they raised money for vulnerable children.

Eighty pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, along with some staff, took part in a fun run at Summerhill Country Park, off Catcote Road in Hartlepool.

The hardy runners donned fancy dress to take part in the three-mile run, which marks the start of the school’s Children in Need fundraising activities this year.

Last year staff and pupils helped raise £3,000, but they are hoping to beat that this year.

The school also hosted a non-uniform day for Children in Need on the day.

School ICT teacher Laura Tumilty, who is also the school’s Children in Need events organiser, said: “Most of the students finished within the hour.

“The money is still being counted, but one of our students, Kaitlyn Eade, said they have already raised £125 in sponsorship.

“They really enjoyed it and there was a lot dressed in their onesies.

“Some of them found it hard to run three miles, but they were all determined to do it.

“I ran with them and they were all keeping each other going.”

Two girls, Ffion Lanigan and Ola Filipczak, spurred each other on by tying their legs together for a three-legged run.

“I’m proud of them all,” added Ms Tumilty.