Pupils give Hartlepool multi-marathon man a boost to his cause

St Hild's School pupils lining the streets to cheer on Lee during day five of his challenge
St Hild's School pupils lining the streets to cheer on Lee during day five of his challenge

Pupils at the former school of multi-marathon man Lee Dodgson gave the athlete’s impressive efforts an added boost by raising hundreds of pounds for his cause.

Fireman Lee, who attended St Hild’s Church of England School, in Hartlepool, is on course to raise £15,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice after he ran a marathon every day for a week.

A good idea for the school to honour this amazing achievement by a former pupil

Johnny Gibbon-Hayes, St Hild’s CofE School

Inspired by Lee, students at the school, in King Oswy, staged their own fundraising tribute by raising another £600 to add to Lee’s total by holding a non-uniform day.

The casual clothing day was the idea of Johnny Gibbon-Hayes, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at the school and Lee’s best friend.

He said: “I thought it would be a good idea for the school to honour this amazing achievement by a former pupil, whilst at the same time providing its own fundraising boost for the hospice.

“We are very proud of Lee and the hospice is a cause that is very close to our hearts.”

St Hild’s pupils lined the streets to cheer on Lee, 29, as he passed the school during day five of his challenge.

He completed his final run on Sunday, May 10 and is on course to raise around £15,000.

Greg Hildreth, corporate events Fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We are absolutely staggered and delighted by the scale of Lee’s achievement in running so many marathons in such a short space of time.

“We’d like to thank him for raising so much money which will help us to maintain our range of vital services, and we would also like to thank everyone at St Hild’s school for organising their own fundraising event.”