Children, parents and staff at The Compass School, Haddington have raised £2696 for the ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ charity!
They achieved this amazing sum by holding a ‘Runathon’ earlier this past month. Everyone took part, from children in nursery to those in Primary 7, and each class took on the challenge of running laps of a course set up for their respective stage and seeing how many laps they could complete in allocated time. At the same time, families and friends were asked if they could make a donation in support of the charity, ‘My Name’5 Doddie’ which has been set-up inspired by former Scotland international rugby player, Doddie Weir, following his diagnosis of motor neuron disease. The charity seeks to support research into this, as yet, incurable disease and to help improve the lives of those affected. Further details of the charity can be found at: My Name'5 Doddie Foundation (myname5doddie.co.uk)
Last Monday, the Pupil Council who have led this initiative, were pleased to have the opportunity to meet sports presenter, Jill Douglas, who is CEO of the charity, via Zoom to conduct a virtual handover of the funds raised. Ms Douglas expressed her appreciation of the children’s efforts and told them how much these align with one of the key aims of the charity put forward by Doddie himself: to promote love, fun and hope!
Headteacher, Mr Mark Becher, said: “We have been absolutely delighted by the support that has been provided to this initiative. Our Pupil Council originally chose to support this charity last session. However, the lockdown last Summer Term meant that this initiative was not realized. This year’s Pupil Council representatives were determined that this year our ‘Runathon’ should go ahead and what a result the school community has achieved!
We have been once again been amazed by the generosity of our families and friends and we are so pleased that we have been able to raise such a significant amount for this important charity and support the tremendous work and research that it enables across the country.”
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