Swindon pupils complete fun run in aid of struggling families

By Jessica Durston - 6 October 2022


Noremarsh Junior School pupils braved the wet weather to participate in a fun run in aid of local families struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

One of the school's Year 4 runners

Noremarsh Junior School pupils braved a sudden downpour to participate in their annual Fun Run which this year is raising money to help with the cost-of-living crisis within their school community. 

School staff said the rain failed to dampen enthusiasm as over 240 pupils took part in the mile long route, cheered on by proud parents sheltering under umbrellas.

Bananas and water were handed out to runners at the finish line with the first three girls and boys from each year group also receiving winners t-shirts, and water bottles, as prizes. 

The event saw the schools newly elected Year 6 Sports leaders rise to the challenge of helping organise and run the event, with a number of the team being pacemakers for other years before running their own race. 

Sports Leader Alicia who was helping younger pupils round the course said: “The weather conditions have been so wet, but it’s been really fun and I’ve loved helping out.” 

Also invited to run a shorter route were the local infant school, who were said to be raring to go, and lapped up all the cheers and excitement as they ran over the finish line. 

With prices soaring nationwide, Noremarsh PTA say they will use money raised to help with funding school trips, uniform essentials and general help for those families that are really struggling. 

Headteacher Hilary Macmeekin said: “We strongly believe that for our children to reach their full potential there needs to be a partnership between parents, children and our warm and engaging team of staff.  

“With everyday costs rising daily we are seeing more need within our school community. If we can support families so children don’t miss out on important opportunities it will encourage them to thrive and overcome any obstacles as they know they have the support of the school behind them.” 

Past years have seen pupils raise £800, and this year hopes are high that the community will rise to the challenge and beat this amount. 

To find out more about Noremarsh Junior School, members of the public can visit: https://noremarshjuniorschool.org.uk 

The school says it is proud to be part of Ascend Learning Trust (ALT).  For more information about ALT, individuals can go to https://ascendlearningtrust.org.uk 

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