Whitley Bay pupils step out for charity challenge

Pupils from Appletree Gardens First School take part in charity walk.
Pupils from Appletree Gardens First School take part in charity walk.
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Children stepped out to help raise money for charity.

Pupils at Appletree Gardens First School, in Whitley Bay, took part in a walk to raise money for cancer charities.

More than 100 youngsters chanted and sang as they walked around the streets near their school, collecting money as they went, while also ensuring they completed 10,000 steps among them for the day.

So far, the charity cause – the brainchild of Year 3 teaching assistant Karen Bodman – has raised nearly £600.

Karen said: “After a couple of members of staff recently lost loved ones to cancer and many of us in our lives at some point will know someone who has been affected by this awful disease, so we thought it was an ideal opportunity to combine fund-raising and activity in one.

“We did a leaflet drop on local streets telling the residents we would be bringing our children to raise money and to listen out as we’d be making noise.

“The vision became reality as we took Key Stage 2 pupils in the community, making lots of noise with various musical instruments and chants we learned in the hall before we left.

“Each class had to do 1,000 steps each to complete the 10, 000 between the school. Key Stage 1 stayed on premises and used our new yard markings to complete their steps.

“The whole school embraced the reason behind our walk and enjoyed participating in our challenge, the community and children were very generous”

Donations can still be made via the school’s Facebook page.