Giving those in need a sporting chance was the goal of fundraisers across West Norfolk as they ran, cycled, rowed and even hopped their way to supporting Sport Relief last week.
The sun shone on charity efforts from Marham Infant School as pupils took part in a full week of extra curricular activities including fencing, welly-wanging and ballet lessons.
Staff at the school also joined in with extra activities at lunchtimes and in the evenings as part of I’m A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here! Children voted daily to give a teacher a night off and raised £415 with more yet to come.
Headteacher Michaela Webb said: “The children were absolutely phenomenal and we just had so much fun all week. The children got a chance to try something new and this made it really special.”
Supermarket managers from three Sainsbury’s stores across Lynn and Hunstanton braved the chilly seas when they took the plunge for Sport Relief as part of a triathlon challenge.
The fundraiser started with a short swim in the sea near Hunstanton Sailing Club, followed by a 15-mile cycle ride to the Sainsbury’s Hardwick store at King’s Lynn then a 2.5mile run to the town centre Sainsbury’s store.
Darren Burrows, PR ambassador from the Hunstanton store, said: “They were all very brave and stripped off for the water, some even fully dunked themselves in. Then they came out and cycled to Hardwick – it wasn’t a race but it turned into one by the end.”
Elsewhere, their colleagues from Lynn’s Sainsbury’s store kept their feet firmly on dry land when they raised £1,000 for Sport Relief by taking part in a 24-mile sponsored walk from Castle Acre Priory to Hunstanton.
Churchill Park School pupils took on their biggest challenge yet when they completed a 230-mile distance, marking the route from the pupils who live furthest from the school, using various methods including swimming, biking and skipping. A total of 175 pupils, and their teachers, took part raising over £400.
Organiser and teaching assistant Pete Brassett said: “It was really good and the kids really enjoyed it. Every now and again we played The Proclaimers 500 Mile over the speakers and all the kids marched round the school.”
At Terrington St Clement’s Co-op store, cyclists and rowers beat their target several times over when they doubled the 21-mile distance across the English Channel, and completed the London to Brighton cycle four times.
Duty manager Jo Butler-Eldridge said: “They smashed it and they raised £317 just from customer donations in the buckets and have more in sponsorship to come.”
Fundraising took the form of a cake stall, a non-uniform day and an obstacle course cycle for children at Terrington St John Primary School, which raised £20 for the school council and a further £26.50 for Sport Relief.
Residents and staff at Goodwins Hall Care Home raised over £200, with more to come, when they completed 12 hours in 20-minute stints on the exercise bike and treadmill.
Hannah Taylor, press officer, said: “It was a real challenge for the home and was quite a full-on day, but they made it!”
Youngsters at Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy completed the Sport Relief Mile around the town and back to the school, with some running and others walking in college colours to raise £550.
They were joined by staff and had to guess how long it would take them to complete the circuit, with Merlins winning the challenge.
Carol Claxton, careers co-ordinator, said: “It was a really good afternoon and they all had fun.”
Whitefriars School ran, jogged or walked laps of the school field to complete the Sport Relief Mile to raise money for both Sport Relief and Friends of Whitefriars School.