HUNDREDS of children and adults took part in Sports Relief fundraising activities across Hartlepool and East Durham.
At Hartlepool’s High Tunstall College of Science, pupils and teachers competed in a 5k run and also a strongest man competition to raise money for the cause.
Ben Holden, head of PE, said: “We raised about £1,200 which is just fantastic. Everyone’s loved it and the competition element has been really good, and everyone’s taken part and got involved.”
He added: “We had about 50 students took part in a 5k run and about 300 students took part in other activities like football tournaments, dodgeball and netball.”
At Footprints Nursery, in Tees Street, Hartlepool, staff went on a sponsored toddle with the kids in a fun fundraising effort.
The sporting fun also took place at Dene Community School, in Peterlee, where a mixed gender netball match took place, which finished with a 4-4 draw.
The Manor Way school also held a non-uniform day, as well as a cake sale, and students could also walk the Sport Relief mile around the school field.
The activities raised £913.45.
Shotton Hall Primary School, in Waveney Road, Peterlee, held a fruit and veg Olympics which saw the kids throwing melons, lemons and cucumbers as part of the event.
They also held a non-uniform day and made and sold cakes, raising a whopping £300.
Denise Balmer, business manager at the school, said: “Everyone had an amazing time, the children and the staff have all loved it.”
Youngsters from Greatham Church of England Primary School, in Greatham Village, Hartlepool, paid £1 each to ditch their school uniforms and don their own clothes for the day.
Staff at the school were also selling drinks and fruit kebabs for a small fee in a bid to rake in as much cash as possible for the charity which helps vulnerable people in the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries.
And the generous pupils, and parents, helped to raise over £200.
School secretary Anne Smyth said: “Everybody had a fantastic day and raised over £200.
“The fruit kebabs went down very well and the kids loved being in their own clothes.”