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Haverhill schoolchildren complete a marathon for homelessness charity




Year six pupils at a Haverhill school collectively ran a marathon, in their pyjamas, to raise money for a charity for homeless young people.

The ten and 11-year-olds, from Westfield Primary Academy, plus a few siblings, completed the challenge last Thursday - running near where they live or on the school grounds - and have ‘smashed’ their modest fund-raising target of £30.

About 40 children in all took part, including the 16 or 17 home learners, 15 from the ‘Chicken Coop’, the name given to the classroom currently attended in school by pupils from the two Year 6 classes, Eagle and Starling, and the siblings.

Pupils in Westfield Primary Academy's 'Chicken Coop' ready to run for charity. Submitted picture
Pupils in Westfield Primary Academy's 'Chicken Coop' ready to run for charity. Submitted picture

Eagle class teacher, Madeleine Blake, and the pupils worked together to decide on the cause they wanted to raise money for as part of their PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) studies.

On the Go Fund Me page set up for the event, Miss Blake, who also ran in the fund-raiser, said: “All ideas have been carefully thought out by the class and we are all in agreement that this will be a feat for us all to achieve.”

Choosing to help the homeless, the decision was then taken by Miss Blake to give the monies raised to Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, specifically 16 to 25-year-olds.

Eagle Class pupil Matthew Coultas and his sister Luna take part in the charity marathon
Eagle Class pupil Matthew Coultas and his sister Luna take part in the charity marathon

Miss Blake said: “We are really close to raising £800, which is incredible, seeing as originally we were talking as a class that it’s a hard time for people and let’s see if we can get £30.

“They have absolutely smashed it.”

Adaline and Oscar Ward, part of 'Team Eagle'. Submitted picture
Adaline and Oscar Ward, part of 'Team Eagle'. Submitted picture

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