Pupils prove a sight to beho-ho-hold as they deliver a belated present to EACH

Young fundraisers proved top of the class after hitting the beach and donating more than £3,000 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Children from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy have been staging a popular Santa Run every Christmas since 2014.

Last year’s event raised a record-breaking £3,298 and that took the school’s overall tally to £13,483.

Paul Andrews, Head of PE, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have raised so much and blown away by the kindness of our pupils and families, especially in the build-up to Christmas.

“Once again, people gave very generously. The children were asked to make a donation to take part and many went further by collecting sponsorship.

“Our whole school community engages and it’s become a fun festive event that we look forward to every year. The kids love it and it’s a perfect way to finish term.

“The children run just over a mile and a half along the North Denes beach, through the dunes and then back along the footpath to the finish.

“It’s classed as a race, to encourage and motivate those that like running and being competitive.

“However, because of the fundraising element, it also appeals to the less sporty children who like being involved and supporting such a worthy cause.

“It gives them a real sense of purpose and is a win-win situation. I love the great atmosphere it generates.”

Around 600 youngsters from Years Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten took part in last year’s run – with many donning festive jumpers and hats – while Mr Andrews completed the distance wearing an inflatable Santa outfit.

“It was great fun and I’m glad I was wearing a beard – otherwise everyone would have seen the pain I was in,” he joked.

“When the headwind kicked in I nearly took off! It wasn’t easy but the children certainly enjoyed trying to beat Santa.”

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

It has three hospices, including one at Framingham Earl, near Norwich.

Tim Jenkins, EACH Community Fundraiser for Norfolk, visited the school for a cheque presentation picture on Monday.

He said: “Our friends at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy have been supporting us since Christmas 2014.

“In the first year they donated an impressive £840 and that figure has grown and grown ever since, hitting four figures and then two years ago topping £2,500.

“Last year they broke their fundraising record by raising £3,298 which, added to the previous totals, means they have now raised a wonderful £13,483.

“It’s an incredible achievement and our thanks go to all the staff, pupils and families.

“Their fantastic support will make a real difference in terms of supporting our work across East Anglia.”

For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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