Pupils boost playground appeal by £700

Pupils have made a marathon effort to get fit and raise money to improve their playground.

A £14,000 appeal has been launched at Peak CE (VC) Primary School to provide new play equipment and storage facilities and replace the surfaces of the playing areas.

The school’s 32 children have ramped up the funds by undertaking an epic journey.

They decided to run a marathon by spreading the distance over 31 days, meaning they ran a mile a day.

Headteacher Ros Carter said: “On the first day, the air was thick with enthusiasm and drizzle.

“Some sprinted, some jogged and some walked, but each child joined in.

“As the weeks passed however, the distances went up whilst the times came down. The children were becoming fitter and faster and raising money with every step.

“When the final count came in, the children had completed a staggering 31 miles, raising over £700 for our Playground Appeal.

“This is an incredible amount of money and the staff are extremely proud of everyone who took part.”

School secretary Janet Hipwell said: “It brought a tear to my eye as I counted it up and realised how much they had raised in sponsorship.”

She said that the playground appeal had been launched this year. “The Parent Teachers Association have been trying to raise enough mney for it,” she said.

A renewed bid has been made to the Lottery Fund for grant support after the first application was refused.