Fundraising sisters’ marathon attempt to support their school

Two young fundraising sisters have taken on a marathon challenge during the current lockdown to raise money for their local school.

Rosie Way, nine, and her six-year-old sister, Poppy, are running a total distance of a marathon during February in support of Steeple Bumpstead Primary School.

The duo, who live in Haverhill, had originally hoped to raise £200. But this week’s total had soared to £1,000 which will go towards the school’s resource fund.

Proud parents Jon and Louisa said: “The girls decided they wanted to do something for their local school to say thank you for all the incredible support the school has given to pupils and parents alike. They are both keen runners and thought this would be a great way to stay fit and healthy and raise some money for the school. We would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated and supported them.”

Mary Nicholls, headteacher at Steeple Bumpstead Primary School, said: “I think it is fantastic that Rosie and Poppy have set themselves such an ambitious challenge during this lockdown period. They have raised an incredible sum and shown great resilience and determination to even run during the recent wintry weather.

“As a school, we do a lot of cross country and usually hold a ‘run for resources’ in the autumn. It is wonderful to see this spirit continue through the two girls and we would like to say a very big thank you to them both for thinking of us in this way.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Rosie and Poppy can do so via

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