Great North Run boost for Springwell pupils

Springwell School head teacher Karl Telfer (R) raised cash for the school through running the Great North Run. Parent David Musgrove and teacher assistant Kyra George
Springwell School head teacher Karl Telfer (R) raised cash for the school through running the Great North Run. Parent David Musgrove and teacher assistant Kyra George

YOUNGSTERS at a town school have been handed a cash boost after three charity champions took part in the Great North Run to raise money for them.

Karl Telfer, headteacher at Springwell School, was joined by one of his teaching assistants, Kyra George, and parent David Musgrove, whose son Harry is in Year 5 at the Wiltshire Way-based school, in tackling the 13-mile trek from Newcastle to South Shields last month.

The trio collected sponsor money which is used to funding various pieces of equipment and activities in the school, which caters for youngsters with special needs or learning and behavioual problems.

A total of £1,400 was raised through the run, with Mr Musgrove pulling in around £800 of that total through his own fundraising efforts.

Mr Telfer said: “It was the first time I’ve done the Great North Run, and I completed it in around two hours so I was quite happy with that.

“It was an enjoyable experience, it was a really good atmosphere and a fantastic occasion with spectators cheering the runners on from the sidelines.”

“Mr Musgrove did it about 10 years ago and Kyra has done it regularly, so they knew what they were letting themselves in for!

“I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored us, obviously all of the funds we raised are going towards the youngsters in school so it really is much appreciated.

“The fact we knew where the money we had been sponsored for was going to as we got to the difficult parts of the course really motivated us to push ourselves and get to the finish line.”