Hartlepool school gets blue rinse for Miles for Men

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Blue is the colour at a Hartlepool school which is backing a popular town charity cause.

Rift House Primary School in the town is planning to hold a blue day to support the Miles for Men cause.

It will be held on May 22 on the field of the school in Masefield Road.

Every one of the 243 children will be involved and whole classes will take it in turn to jog round the school field in relays.

Head teacher David Turner said: “There will always be someone running and we hope to make it a constant relay between 9am and 3pm.

“We will do timetables for the classes and parents are allowed to join in as well.

“Once we do a number of laps, another class will come in and keep it going throughout the day.”

The school is a strong supporter of charity and Mr Turner praised the national initiatives to back worthy causes. He said Rift House Primary had backed Children in Need.

But he added: “We also wanted to keep things close to our hearts. We have all been affected by cancer.”

The school will raise money from the event through 50 pence donations as well as raffles.

Mr Turner added: “It was a mother of one of the children who brought this idea to my attention and I think it is wonderful.”

Miles for Men spokesman Kevin Hill said: “Rift House is the first junior school in the town to represent the charity and we at headquarters of Miles for Men are really happy to have the children on board.

“It is great to bring awareness of cancer into the younger fraternity and, after meeting the kids during a assembly break, they are all really looking forward to the day.”

The charity continues to go from strength to strength and Kevin added: “We are now aiming to break the £200,000 barrier as the charity grows bigger and bigger and that is down to the hard work of the team.”

Michael Day set up Miles for Men in 2012 after losing his father, Michael senior, to throat cancer in 2007. It started out with a sponsored run to raise money for cancer research and it has become so popular that the fundraising total has reached £130,000.