Olympic fundraising at Felsted

63 pupils in ‘Gaslee’ walked 522 miles collectively on the day.

63 pupils in ‘Gaslee’ walked 522 miles collectively on the day. - Credit: Archant

THE Olympic legacy is still living on at Felsted Preparatory School, as 333 pupils worked together in their school leagues to carry out sponsored sporting activities.

They raised over £3,300 in the process.

Each league chose an activity and set themselves a target distance, which the pupils, aged eight to 13 would have to accomplish in one afternoon.

Incredible distances were achieved, with leagues collectively cycling or walking the distance from London to Paris, rowing as far as possible, running 508km and even swimming the length of the English Channel, and almost back again!

Smythies, one of five leagues at the school, received a boost in their donations for elected charity ‘WheelPower’ after their head of league andhead of PE and Games, Tim Robertson, recently ran the London Marathon in 5 hours 12 minutes.

Other charities who benefited were MenCap, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), Help for Heroes and The David Randall Foundation, a charity very close to Felsted Preparatory School.

The David Randall Foundation was founded in memory of Old Felstedian David, who sadly passed away last year. The charity aims to encourage dedicated sports people and musicians, restrained by financial means, to pursue their ambitions and to give those with terminal illnesses the opportunity to live life to the full, for as long as possible.

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Headmistress Jenny Burrett said: “I am thrilled that our children have raised such an incredible amount of money for five truly worthwhile charities. The pupils’ determination to achieve their personal best is admirable and something I see in them on a daily basis.”