Sports Relief fund-raiser gains wide community support

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People of all ages and varying athletic inclinations in Haverhill and the surrounding villages united for a common cause when they did their bit for Sport Relief.

Pupils went to school dressed as their favourite sports characters on Friday )March 21) and many even ran a mile - literally - to raise money.

At Samuel Ward Academy students paid a donation to wear their favourite sports shirt.

There were also cake stalls, an ice lollie stall and year seven and eight students and some staff ran a mile in the afternoon, raising at least £900 in the process.

The school also had a very moving and inspiring assembly in the morning encouraging students to be thankful for what they do have rather than worry about what they don’t have.

At Westfield Primary Academy in Haverhill prizes were awarded to pupils with the best fancy dress, with the winners being Ben Page (Tai Kwon Do outfit) Summer Ballard (horse rider), Ellie Stone (eventing champion) Charlotte Robins (ice skater) and Lilie-Mai Nunn (118).

The school’s deputy head, Jill Lightfoot, said: “It was a great day and all the children really enjoyed being their favourite athlete...or something similar.”

Following on from the great success of the staff Sport Relief Bake Off the previous week students and staff at Stour Valley Community School in Clare took part in a range of activities to bump up the donations they have raised for this year’s big fund-raiser.

Activities included ​best dressed, a sponsored silence, baking and selling cakes and staff verses students sporting competitions.

Students baked cakes which were a complete sell out at break time.

Lunchtime saw students take on the staff at a basketball match, with the students winning 10-8.

Other students took part in a mile run against staff. The race was won by Megan Newton, with Adam Newton coming second and James Lavelle third.

The day’s last lesson saw all students and staff take part in a mile ‘no running’ activity.

Some students chose to complete the mile as a three legged race, leapfrogging or walking whilst reading whilst everyone else walked in the traditional manner.

All students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day raising a grand total of £850.11.

The Haverhill Community were out in force on Sunday to support the Sport Relief Haverhill Mile., hosted at Castle Manor Academy as a joint venture with Haverhill Running Club.

The event saw competitors running a one mile, three mile or six mile route around the campus and taking in the excellent community atmosphere.

Competitors included a huge selection of young people, parents and even some grand parents.

Many pupils, students and staff from around Haverhill entered, along with keen runners from Haverhill Running Club and even local MP, Matthew Hancock, along with his whole family.

Nick Kirkham from Haverhill Running Club was pleased with the event, saying: “This was a fantastic event, bringing together our whole community to raise money for those less fortunate.

“The venue was perfect, with an interesting route in a friendly safe environment.”

Nick was helped by an array of people who pulled together to support the event and turn it in to a fun afternoon out.

Local businesses came together with Ali and Wendy Yagir from Star Burger in Haverhill providing a barbecue, Sweetie Sweets Treat Gifts providing treats, Bouncy Rascals provided a bouncy castle, Oscomms supported the communication and Jason André of Eagle Eye Imaging captured a record of the event from the air.

Students from Castle Manor Academy joined with volunteers from the running club to ensure the event ran smoothly and that the course was well signposted.

Andrew Barratt, leadership team member from Castle Manor Academy, was also pleased with the success of the event.

He said: “We are accustomed to hosting sports events on our vast campus, but this was somewhat unique as it was a real community effort.

“Bringing the sports club together with the school is a key part of the way we work and helps us to ensure that we continue to be a key part of our community.”




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