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Two brothers from Great Massingham are taking on a walking challenge to improve their school's playground





Two brothers from Great Massingham are taking on a 46-mile walking challenge to raise money for their school playground.

Jake Doddington, 10, and brother Luke, nine, are Walking The Peddars Way during school half term, from Thetford to Holme-next-the-Sea.

The Great Massingham Church of England Primary School pupils, who are in years 4 and 6, are hoping to raise £100 to buy play equipment, known as trim trails, for their school playground.

Two brothers walking to raise money for school play equipment at Great MassinghamBrothers LtoR, Jake Doddington (10) and Luke Doddington (9) (2044975)
Two brothers walking to raise money for school play equipment at Great MassinghamBrothers LtoR, Jake Doddington (10) and Luke Doddington (9) (2044975)

Trim trails provide youngsters with physical challenges which aim to develop their upper and lower body strength, core stability, coordination, balance, climbing confidence and gross motor skills.

Their mother Samantha Doddington said: “They wanted to raise money to speed things up and buy trim trails for their school playground more quickly.

“They will be walking The Peddars Way, which is near to where we live, over two days in the half term to raise money for the playground.

“I told them they’d get a certificate if they were to complete it with sponsorship and that’s when they decided to raise money for the play equipment.”

Samantha said the school’s headteacher was “over the moon” on hearing news about her son’s planning to raise money for the school’s playground.

“She was over the moon and really proud of what Jake and Luke were planning to do for the school,” said Samantha.

“We have been going on long walks to prepare for The Peddars Way. I’m sure things will work out and we will be able to complete it. The only problem could be the weather.”

Headteacher of Great Massingham Church of England Primary School, Ann Beardall said: “It was mum who came to us to tell us what Jake and Luke were planning and we were thrilled.

“We have wrote about it in our news letter to let people know about their plans and to try and raise their sponsorship.

“It is wonderful how they have taken it upon themselves to raise money for our school’s playground.

“They are a very supportive family and at school we value service. They are serving the whole school by taking on this challenge.

“I would like to give a huge thank you to them for their commitment. It is a wonderful gesture.”

To support Jake and Luke, visit their Just Giving page via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samantha-doddington



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