Pupils’ race to give aid to deprived children

The start of the Graveley Primary School fun run

The start of the Graveley Primary School fun run - Credit: Archant

More than 100 pupils have put their best foot forward to support deprived children from around the world.

Youngsters from Graveley Primary School completed a 1.1 mile fun run alongside parents to raise money for five disadvantaged children aged between six and 10.

The pupil-led fundraiser – which is on target to raise £10,000 – was first organised in 2012 as part of a class topic on ‘making a difference’, and has now become an annual event at the school in Ashwell Common.

Chariots of Fire music blared out as pupils – from reception through to Year 6 – crossed the finish line, some in fancy dress.

Headteacher Lisa Massey, who handed out medals afterwards, said: “This is our third charity fun run and it was the best so far. Our children really enjoyed taking part and knowing that they are part of an amazing event. Well done to everyone.

“Even though the aim is for children to have fun and raise money, there were some impressive running times from pupils. Dylan Hyland in Year 2 ran the course in six minutes and 58 seconds and Year 6 pupil Logan Sibley finished in six minutes and 35 seconds.”

Albert Swinson, the chair of governors at the school, added: “What a fantastic turn out by both children and parents. It was wonderful to see in true Graveley tradition that every participant was cheered at the finish.”

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