Children get active for charity challenge

Pupils at Fountain School helped fundraise through sport for the NSPCC.
Pupils at Fountain School helped fundraise through sport for the NSPCC.

Selfless youngsters sprinted, swam and skipped to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Children as young as four-years-old at Fountain School in Morley took part in The Big Workout for the NSPCC.

Almost 250 pupils took part in the fundraiser and competed in sponsored sports including swimming and running.

They each raised around £24 for a total of nearly £6,000 for the charity, which works to end child abuse across the UK.

Headteacher Emma Walker said: “I’m really proud of all the children who took part.

“It’s what you expect when you come to Fountain School. Our parents have been really supportive and we have got amazing children who always try their best. I was amazed at how much we raised.”

The fundraising came after pupils took part in an assembly at school on January 27, led by representatives from the NSPCC who challenged children to raise money.

Youngsters in nursery jumped or hopped 20 times in a minute as part of the challenge. Year one pupils throw bean bags into hoops and youngsters in year two skipped without ropes.

Other activities included a mile-long swim, running between one and three miles and netball and basketball games.

The events took place over the course of a week after members of the NSPCC visited the school but fundraising has since continues.

The final cash count on March 21 showed they had raised a total of £5818.

All the money donated will now go towards the charity’s schools service.

Michelle Poucher, NSPCC Area Coordinator, said: “It is absolutely fantastic that the children in Fountain Primary School have raised such a huge amount of money.

“This money will help fund the NSPCC to deliver our ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme in all primary schools across the UK, protecting a generation of children against abuse.”