Pupils praised for fund-raising race

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PONTELAND school pupils have been praised for their efforts both on and off the Junior Great North Run course.

Not only did about 30 boys and girls from Richard Coates Middle School take part in the 4km event on the Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside, they also raised an impressive £2,238.26 for St Oswald’s Hospice.

This total adds to the sponsored walks and skipping events that students in all age groups have done for the regional charity.

One of the runners, Jamie Boynton, said: “I did the Junior Great North Run last year and I think I ran a better time this year. I was really motivated by the thought of St Oswald’s and inspired by the Olympics this summer.”

Fellow pupil Rachel Foster added: “I really wanted to do the run to help a charity and I chose St Oswald’s as I’d heard about them before. My favourite part of the day was crossing the finishing line.”

The charity, based in Gosforth, provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions as well as support for their families.

Fundraiser Emma Noble, who recently picked up a cheque from the school, said: “We are completely blown away by the amount of money the students have raised.

“It’s fantastic that they are getting involved at such a young age and helping out a local charity.

“Their donation is the equivalent of 70 hours of care for a child at our Children’s Service or an outing for 35 children with specialist needs, such as a trip to the seaside.”

Emma added: “The students’ sporting achievements have given children with life-limiting conditions a chance to have a go at some of the things they themselves may take for granted and we are very grateful to them.”