Students have given a £1,800 boost to charity by tackling a fundraising race.
Male pupils of St Bede’s School in Peterlee tackled a course to back the Hartlepool cause Miles for Men.
And their efforts meant a £1,847 boost for charity which Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill described as “astonishing.”
It all came about after a meeting between the school’s deputy head Paul Dickson and Kevin last month.
Kevin said: “They decided that the school would like to hold a race to raise funds for the charity and that they certainly did.
“The pupils wore the famous blue Miles for Men T-shirts for their event and were presented with medals from staff at the end.
We are truly grateful to Paul and his staff and the pupils who took part and made this into a great day for the school. The funds will go a long way to helping families across the North East who have in some way or other been touched by cancerKevin Hill, promotions manager at Miles for Men
“It shows us that even the younger generation are very aware of cancer and the devastating effects it leaves on people.
“We are truly grateful to Paul and his staff and the pupils who took part and made this into a great day for the school. The funds will go a long way to helping families across the North East who have in some way or other been touched by cancer.”
Both Kevin and Paul praised the pupils and said they were “overwhelmed” with the response of everyone who took part, adding: “They hope they can make it an annual event and even perhaps ask other schools in the area to join them next year for a bigger event.”
Kevin added: “We will sit down with Paul and have a chat on the possibility of holding a major schools event and to present all the schools who take part with a plaque of recognition for taking part.”
Miles for Men attended a presentation at the school where officials gave a plaque to the student who raised the most money.
It was also a chance for the charity to say thank you for the support it had received.
The Miles for Men annual run will be held on July 31 and, for the first time, it will be joined by the Walk for Women. And on top of that, there’s a free music festival filled with talent.
This year’s programme of fun will be held at The Domes in Seaton Carew and now includes the Miles for Men 5k run at 1pm; the 5k Walk for Women at around 1.15pm; and the music festival from 1.30pm to 9pm.
Registration for Walk for Women – and for Miles for Men – is now open online at www.milesformen.co.uk
The men’s race will raise money for the Hartlepool & District Hospice while Walk for Women will support both the hospice and Miles for Men.
Entry for either race is £10 for adults, £7.50 for those aged from six to 17, £5 for those aged five and under, and the events are free for anyone aged 65 and over. All entrants get a T-shirt and medal.
Miles for Men was formed in 2012 and has helped both males and females in their battle with cancer.