While school lessons have been put on hold a group of students have been putting some of their spare time to good use by raising money for charity.
For 10 pupils at Finborough School have carried out a fundraising challenge for the West Suffolk Hospital’s “Help Your NHS Hospital Covid-19 Appeal” which is being supported by the My WiSH charity.
The 11 to 12-year-olds in Year 7 have spent a week either running, walking, cycling or even crawling 100 miles collectively and have raised a total of £393.
They originally set a target of £250 but by the time the challenge finished on June 1 they had beaten that by £143 and had completed a total of 104 miles.
Jack Goffe, (pictured above) form tutor and art teacher at the school in Great Finborough said he was “extremely proud of them and how well they did in completing the challenge” adding that they had carried it out in their own time and while isolating from the school.
He said: “They carried it out in their local areas where they live near to the school and in and around Stowmarket. Most of the students live locally but one or two live in the Colchester area. Most of them did 10 miles while one of them clocked up 19 miles. Some of them were amazing and it got them active and to do something while they were in lockdown.
“A lot of them walked and a few cycled and we decided to raise money for the appeal as we thought it was for a really good cause.
“The challenge helped to keep the students active during the half-term break and gave them something positive to contribute towards. Each student did the challenge within walking distance of their homes, observing social distancing rules. Doing the challenge was a great way to stay connected with the students, and help in supporting the hospital.”
Sally Daniels, My WiSH appeal manager, thanked class 7JGF for their support and said: “We have had a few fitness challenges going on during the lockdown which is just fantastic. It’s amazing how creative our fundraisers have been and it’s a great way for them to still feel connected.”