South Lakes residents back Sport Relief appeal

The Westmorland Gazette: Simone Mattinson leads enthusiastic youngsters at Kendal’s Heron Hill primary school in a ‘Boxercise’ session Simone Mattinson leads enthusiastic youngsters at Kendal’s Heron Hill primary school in a ‘Boxercise’ session

PEOPLE across Cumbria played their part in raising money to help transform the lives of struggling children in the UK and around the world.

Sport Relief was cele-brated in the region by events in schools and at sport venues, with energetic children and adults getting active to raise cash for the huge national appeal.

Pupils from Kirkbie Kendal School raised more than £1,200 by running a Sport Relief mile, competing in a race and holding their own separate staff and student Great British Bake Offs.

Assistant head Carla Barker said: “The stu-dents really enjoyed it, and everybody felt like they were doing something good for the community.”

Richard Thornton's primary at Burton-in-Lonsdale hosted what it called a ‘Quirky Mile’ where participants had to carry a bucket of water spilling as little as possible.

School secretary Hil-ary Metcalfe said: “Any water left was thrown at teacher Laura Brown, who was in the stocks, and the children loved it.

“We’re hoping to have raised about £75. We’re very small with only 12 children in the school but parents and others were there to help.”

All 450 pupils from Heron Hill Primary School, Kendal, took part in a boxercise session led by parent Simone Mattinson, raising an estimated £400.

PE co-ordinator Jan-ette Foster said: “They loved it, although their co-ordination wasn’t so good! And they all dressed in sports clothes for the day and paid £1.”

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Queen Katherine School, Kendal, also had a day full of sporty activities including kick boxing, zumba, yoga, baseball and basketball.

Teacher Beth Lough-ran said: “Pupils could donate £1 to miss a lesson and try some-thing different. It was a huge success. We made £300 and they absol-utely loved it.”

Some 80 people aged two to 60 turned out at Lakes Leisure, Kendal, on Sunday, to help raise about £250 by completing a one, three or six mile run.

Organiser Luke Big-gins said: “Everyone really enjoyed it, especially the one mile event, and it was great to see kids’ as they crossed the line.”

The Mayor of Kendal, Coun Sylvia Emmott, was on hand to start the race and give out medals at the end.

Students and staff at Windermere Preparatory School raised £450 by climbing the equiv-alent of Everest by walking eight different routes from the school to Orrest Head. The 120 who took part each climbed 108 metres.

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