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Grantham schools staff run 120 miles in 24 hours




Staff from two Grantham schools have completed an epic fund-raising challenge by running 120 miles in 24 hours to raise money for an outdoor ampitheatre.

Staff from Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School which form the Grantham Additional NBeeds Fellowship (GANF) took part in the challenge over the weekend.

The team was made up of headteacher James Ellis, deputy head Ashley Caress, teacher Richard Butterworth, instructors Matt Page and Toby Ellis, enrichment co-ordinator Joe Bogumsky and financial analyst Darren Wilson.

The staff all feel passionately about a project at their Forest School. The pupils have created a make shift stage so they can perform in the outdoors to an audience. This has proved very successful and is helping with pupil self-esteem and well-being. They need to raise £2,000 to install a safer, sturdier, stage and seating area for the pupils.

The team began its 24hour relay-run on Friday at 4.10pm from Ambergate. The relay then took them over 120 miles across Lincolnshire, running from school to school across their Trust, throughout the night. From Grantham, the boys ran to Caythorpe, Spilsby, Boston, Spalding, and back to Grantham, arriving home at 3.20pm – well within their goal of 24 hours.

Headteacher Mr Ellis said: “We have been blown away by the level of support from everyone who followed us. It gave us a huge incentive to keep going through some very tough moments.

“We never imagined we would return to Ambergate and have such a fantastic welcome home - thank you so much to everyone who came to support us at the finish line.

“We are unbelievably proud to work for such fantastic schools and for the school to get the level of coverage it did was incredible. We hope to begin installation of the mini amphitheatre for the children, across the summer holidays.”

A GANF spokesman said: “During these times of austerity, theschools believe strongly in providing over and above the national curriculum for their pupils, so GANF Schools created the #greatGANFrun challenge to raise invaluable funds to install a new mini amphitheatre for the children.

“The challenge was followed by Lincs FM and BBC Radio Lincolnshire, and BBC East Midlands Today came down to the finish line to welcome them home, along with pupils, parents and other staff members.”

The GANF team raised £2,085 during their challenge and donations are still open. If you would like to sponsor themgo to https://mydonate.

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