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16th Aug, 2022

Spreading the Happiness: Striding out on fundraising school mile

FUNDRAISING pupils at Dorridge Primary School have been lacing up their running shoes to in their annual charity push.

And with the money still coming in, it’s hoped the 2022 total will benefit a very special cause.

The fundraising idea began back in 2017 when children in one of the Year 6 classes approached their teacher, Cath Guevara, with an idea to raise money during the school’s annual Charity Fortnight.

The girls said they would like to run a marathon, spread over the two weeks.

Not only did Mrs Guevara agree, but she said she’d join them!

A couple of weeks later, 183 children and nine members of staff had signed up and the Dorridge Primary Marathon was born.

Together they ran 3,731 miles between them, raising £7,894 for St Mary’s Hospice – an amount which far exceeded any charity fortnight held previously, and so it proved an incredible achievement for the girls.

Since then the event has helped Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Research and Young Minds.

For 2022 a total of 316 pupils and 12 members of staff ran, covering the amount of miles it is from Dorridge to Mount Everest.

“This year we have chosen to raise funds for Spreading the Happiness, a registered charity set up to support families who are living below the poverty line, through the provision of hampers,” said Deputy Head Gemma Thelwell.

“The children and staff have once again got behind this fantastic school event and we could not be prouder.”

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