Primary school children are set to follow in their teacher’s footsteps after being signed up to compete in a mini Race For Life event.
Youngsters at St Helen’s Primary School, in Thorpe Street, on the Headland in Hartlepool, will take part in the charity event to raise cash for research into cancer on July 14 on their school field. The event came about after a teaching assistant at their school – Liam Gray – tried to register himself for the adults event, not realising that it was only for women.
But on the website was a link for schools, so he signed St Helen’s up for the challenge.
The Race For Life team sent out medals, posters, and finish lines, and even vest numbers, which the children can design and colour in themselves.
Mr Gray said all the children are excited about the special event.
He said: “I looked on the website and I saw that I couldn’t register, but saw there was a schools link, so we got signed up.
“The children are all so excited and keep asking when it’s going to be happening.”
The pint-sized charity runners, aged from three to 11 years old, will all be running a certain number of laps around the school field depending on their age group.
On the same day, the school is also holding a non-uniform day, with pupils bringing in £1 to wear their own clothes – proceeds of which will go to Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group.
Anyone who would like to donate some money towards the Race For Life challenge can do so by logging onto the secure website www.justgiving.com/st-helens-primary-school.