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Hartlepool pupils show some love for epilepsy charity in fancy dress fun run

Springwell School's Sharks class who organised the sponsored run.
Springwell School's Sharks class who organised the sponsored run.

Children at a Hartlepool special school are on course to raise hundreds of pounds for a good cause after a brilliant fun run in the sunshine.

All of Springwell School took part in the sponsored event on the school field to raise money for a charity which raises money to support children with epilepsy.

The fun run gets underway.

The fun run gets underway.

Pupils, including some in wheelchairs, completed several laps of the school field after being sponsored by their families and friends.

The whole event was organised by the pupils of Sharks class as part an award with the Arch Bishop of York Youth Trust programme.

Both staff and pupils took part in the event with many wearing colourful fancy dress.

Pirates, Elvis, Spider-Man, Super Mario and Minions were among the characters on show.

Staff joined in with pupils running around the school field.

Staff joined in with pupils running around the school field.

In all about 70 pupils aged between four and 11 took part.

It is hoped the event will raise around £500 for Abbie’s Love in Middlesbrough who raise money for research, support groups and equipment to help children with epilepsy in the area.

Kelly Mclean, a higher learning teaching assistant at Springwell School, said: “The Arch Bishop of York programme involves learning lots about citizenship and how to improve your community.

“It’s motto is ‘be the change you want to be’. The children have organised it all themselves and they had a vote where they decided they were going to do it for Abbie’s Love.

Fun runners wore all sorts of fancy dress.

Fun runners wore all sorts of fancy dress.

“They have been fabulous. Quite often we get people donating to us so it is nice for the children to be able to do something for somebody else.”

The pupils have invited a member of Abbie’s Love to visit the school on a future date to present them with the proceeds of the day.