Fancy dress challenge for Children in Need

FUNDRAISER: Staff member Laura Tumilty (center) with students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD
FUNDRAISER: Staff member Laura Tumilty (center) with students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

Hartlepool pupils ran to raise the pounds as they celebrate their 10th year of fundraising for Children in Need.

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupils took part in their fifth annual fun run at Summerhill Country Park in the hope of raising more than £3,000 for the charity through a series of fundraising events in the coming weeks.

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

The event was organised by ICT teacher Laura Tumilty, who involved the school in supporting Children in Need 10 years ago after experiencing first-hand the valuable work the charity does as a child herself.

“Last year we raised over £3,000 so we are hoping to raise around the £3,000 mark,” Mrs Tumilty said.

“When I was younger I was on a ward in hospital and things were done by Children in Need, such as giving toys, which meant a lot to me.

“So when I first started at English Martyrs I started fundraising for them and the students have taken it up and come up with more and more ideas.

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

“As a school we are really good with charity anyway, but the students really like helping people their age.”

The run took place after school with about 70 pupils completing either one or two laps of a 5k course in fancy dress. Staff Sally Mendoza, Bernadette Malcomson and Laura Tumilty also took part.

A second event will be held on November 12 at lunchtime for pupils to enjoy a range of stalls and cover a giant Pudsey Bear in 1p and 2p coins which will also contribute to fundraising.

Then on November 13, 10 students will travel to Keswick to donate the cash to the BBC charity.

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Students from English Martyrs School in Hartlepool take part in the fancy dress fun run at Summerhill Country Park to help raise money for Children in Need Picture: DAVID WOOD