St Christopher's Academy Sport Relief event
St Christopher's Academy Sport Relief event

These Dunstable schoolchildren showed they really were good sports when it came to fundraising for a great cause.

Pupils at Ashton Middle School and St Christopher’s Academy joined in energetic events to raise cash for Sport Relief.

St Christopher's Academy Sport Relief event

St Christopher's Academy Sport Relief event

St Christopher’s had an ambitious aim, for the school to tot up a total of 874 miles on foot – just like a trek from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Over the course of a week, each child ran, walked or skipped a certain distance on a track, depending on their age.

All of the pupils hit their target or “travelled” even further. And the school’s week-long trek actually added up to an amazing 1,030 miles. The academy has raised more than £1,756 so far, with extra sponsorship cash expected this week to boost that total.

Matt Kenneford, of sports coaching company Select Sports, which works with the academy, said: “It was a great achievement by everyone involved and our children worked very hard.”

> On Friday, March 21, the whole of Ashton Middle School dressed up and ran around Grove Park in aid of Sport Relief.

The event was organised by Keith Waterhouse, now known as Pingu, and hard-working pupils who helped to plan the day by contacting sponsors, designing posters, organising cake sales and arranging a chocolate hamper raffle.

Head Lesley Phillips said: “In these very challenging times for all middle schools, it was fantastic to come together as a community, staff, pupils and one or two parents, to let our hair down and just have some fun and at the same time raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Ashton Middle would like to thank Asda, Gobowling, Domino’s Pizza, Vauxhall, Luton Town Football Club and Sainsbury’s for their generous support.