Staff and students at Felsted School took part in a colour run to raise money for their charity partners, including those affected by cyclone Freddy in Malawi.

The run - which raised £6,000 in total - consisted of a 30-minute race around the course, with paint thrown at checkpoints along the way.

Afterwards everyone gathered for a 'paint party', with paint cannons helping to cover anyone who had not yet decorated their colour run T-shirt.

The school is driving for a 'more sustainable Felsted', and to make the process as environmentally-friendly as possible used sustainably sourced paint made from coloured corn flour. 

Dunmow Broadcast: Felsted students raised £6,000 with a colour runFelsted students raised £6,000 with a colour run (Image: Felsted School)

The paint was bought in bulk and measured out into smaller paper bags by the Felsted Charity Team and volunteers, ready to be thrown at dedicated 'paint gates' along the route.

Felsted Lower Sixth student Danielle, who took part, said: "It was a fun event where everyone enjoyed being with their friends and covering them with paint!

"It was also a day to think about what we can do for others while raising money for charity. We all got a bit messy, but it was nice to see everyone together."

Fellow Lower Sixth student Margot added: "I loved that we were all running together for the same cause and also having fun at the same time.

"I think everyone really enjoyed it and will want to take part next time!"

The school hosted representatives from three of the charities supported by the event - Farleigh Hospice, CHESS Homeless and The Felsted Mission.

Dunmow Broadcast: Felsted students took part in the charity colour runFelsted students took part in the charity colour run (Image: Felsted students took part in the charity colour run)

Selina Mayhew, of Farleigh Hospice, said: "It was absolutely brilliant to take part in the event, raising a huge amount of money for fantastic charities.

"At Farleigh the money raised will be helping to provide care to people affected by life-limiting illnesses and bereavement support for many local families. Thank you so much Felsted!"


A significant portion of the money raised will go towards providing food and care for children suffering as a result of cyclone Freddy in Malawi.

Felsted head Chris Townsend said: "I was tremendously proud of the school for the way in which they engaged with the event."