11th May, 2021

Stoke Prior First School pupils' virtual 2,236-mile walk, ride and run to Lapland as part of charity fund-raiser

ENERGETIC children from Stoke Prior First School have risen to the festive fund-raising challenge set by the PTA to walk, ride or run a total of 2,236 miles before tomorrow.

Cash generated will be put towards a new playground for the school.

The challenge was the brainchild of parent and PTA member Claire Edwards whose own business Running Beanz, focuses on physical challenges and encouraging people to be active.

The distance chosen is the number of miles it would take for the children to reach Santa’s home in Lapland.

Pupils have been sponsored by family and friends to complete 15 miles each in four weeks.

Claire said: “This form of exercise, particularly during lockdown and as a group challenge, is exactly what everyone needs at the moment.

“It’s struck a chord with families and I’m really pleased to see so many people out and about, as well as raising essential funds for the school.”

Headteacher Leigh Satchwell said: “This challenge has completely captivated the children.

“They have a shared goal, which is exciting, and their miles are being tracked on a candy cane barometer at the front of school so they can see each week how close they are to Lapland.”

She added it was a great way to keep the children active during the lockdown.

Sally Laver, chair of the PTA said as the final date neared the school was right on target.

“There are so many children who walk and ride to school normally, so they’re tracking those miles, but families have been sharing their weekend walks and bike rides on our social media pages and it’s fantastic to see how invested everyone is in reaching this target together.”

 

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