PUPILS at a Ponteland school have run up a big total for charity.
Sixty young runners went along to Newcastle and Gateshead’s Quayside last month to take part in the Junior Great North Run.
And Richard Coates Middle School has exceeded its previous efforts in collecting money for St Oswald’s Hospice, raising £2,532 from the event.
School PR co-ordinator Graeme Hopper said: “This has become a yearly event and the numbers of our pupils wanting to take part are growing.
“It is important for our school to have such a link to an important charity like St Oswald’s. The fact we can raise money for such a fabulous cause, along with keeping fit and promoting healthy active lifestyles, is a bonus.
“I know all our pupils thoroughly enjoy the day and we look forward to raising even more money next year.”
St Oswald’s fund-raisers visited the school to receive the cheque and thank the runners for their efforts.
The charity’s Children and Young Adults Service provides specialist short breaks to children and young people with progressive, life-shortening conditions.
One of the fund-raisers who went along, Emma Noble, 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 of £2,532 is the equivalent of over 126 hours of nursing care for our patients, which is amazing and really appreciated by everyone here at St Oswald’s.”
Richard Coates pupil Elsa Atkinson said: “I really enjoyed competing with my friends and working together to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.
This was my fourth Junior Great North Run and I love the adrenaline rush it gives you.”
Fellow pupil Olivia Foggin said: “I like to think I am doing something to help people who are unwell and it’s great to be able to help.
“The Junior Great North Run was a good way for me to do my bit. I ran with my friends and we all helped cheer each other on.”
And 12-year-old Elliot Hobson added: “This was my first Junior Great North Run and I felt really proud to be running for St Oswald’s. I want to do it again next year.”