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Staff tackle ‘Big 5-0’ challenge to mark Grantham school’s 50th anniversary

By David Parker

Mrs Leonard and Miss Pell mark Walton Girls' High School's 50th anniversary.
Mrs Leonard and Miss Pell mark Walton Girls' High School's 50th anniversary.

Two colleagues will run five kilometres every day for 50 days to mark their school’s 50th anniversary.

Fifty years ago, Walton Girls’ High School opened its doors to pupils for the first time and Jessica Leonard and Kim Pell wanted to do something to mark the occasion.

So they decided on the ‘Big 5-0’ endurance challenge and chose to support St Barnabas Hospice at the same time by raising money for the charity through sponsorship.

Head of house Miss Pell said: “We intend to run each day until we have completed the 50 races.

“We have had a lot of local support and hope that this challenge both raises awareness around the issues people that are facing losing someone have and also money to help support this worthy charity.

“We have chosen 50 to tie in with our 50th year celebrations here at Walton.”

St Barnabas Hospice was chosen by assistant principal Mrs Leonard and Miss Pell as it is a cause close to hearts at Walton Girls, with many staff and students having been either directly or indirectly affected by the disease.

The pair are now preparing for their challenge and have the full support of staff and students at the school.

One pupil said: “I think it’s great what they are doing.

“I lost a relative recently and everyone here has really helped me to carry on with my studies, it’s a good cause and I will definitely be sponsoring them.”

If you wish to sponsor Mrs Leonard and Miss Pell, visit www.justgiving.com/fund raising/waltonsbig5-0 or you donate £2 by texting WBIG50 £2 to 70070.


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