July 2018

Team Withernsea smashes charity fundraising target

Staff at Withernsea High School are celebrating after smashing a £1000 fundraising target to raise over £1200 for cancer charities.

Around a dozen members of staff joined hundreds of other runners to take part in the Hull 10K – one of the region’s most popular races – on Sunday 10th June.

Just over a month later, and with the final donations now collected, the group are delighted to reveal that they have raised an impressive £1,229.

The group ran in aid of the Kerry Key Foundation – a registered charity formed in 2013 following the death of its namesake after a brave 7 year battle with cancer.

The foundation was set up to honour Kerry’s memory, endeavouring to continue the charitable work she began while battling illness. Among the charities supported by Kerry, which the foundation now continues to fundraise for, are: The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull & East Riding (HER) Breast Friends and Cancer Research UK.

Team Withernsea brought together a mix of seasoned runners, first-time race competitors and enthusiastic novices from across the school’s teaching and support staff who were all keen to be involved. Seven members of the team finished the race in under an hour, with recently appointed Head of Maths Amir Hedjazi being the group’s most successful runner - completing the course in an impressive 50 minutes.

Many of the team found their involvement in the race to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Cover Supervisor Paul Whittaker, who is no stranger to competitive running, commented: ‘The day itself was fantastic. There was a great atmosphere and it was wonderful to hear people cheering others on regardless of their speed or fitness. We were all made to feel very welcome.

I have previously completed a full marathon in Berlin, a half marathon in the Sinai desert and a 10K in Sarajevo but I did not do any training for this race, so was delighted to finish in 1 hour 25 minutes.’

Sarah Britchford, Second in Science, has run the event a number of times in recent years alongside friend and colleague, Rebecca Pindar. This annual involvement inspired her to pull together a team at the school in order to boost their fundraising potential.

Mrs Britchford commented: ‘We couldn’t have asked for better running conditions on the day. We all finished the race feeling proud and elated that we had completed the course and, by the end of the race day, had raised over £700 for charity.

To now find out that we have smashed our target makes me further proud of the team’s achievements. I would like to thank them all for their time and commitment and say a special thank you to everyone who donated for their generous support.'
Headteacher Mark Crofts added: ‘I was so impressed by the spirit the Team Withernsea created, by their personal efforts and by the fact that they have exceeded their fundraising target. Well done to all involved and I hope that this does become an annual event for us.’

ABOVE: Members of Team Withernsea are celebrating after smashing their fundraising target.

BELOW: Team members, including former Headteacher Richard Williman, pictured on the day of the race. Mr Williman joined his former colleagues to take part after first signing up to do so before leaving the school at the end of April.