Somerset Schools raise £11,516 for One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need
Posted: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:38
Youngsters from Somerset Schools took the challenge to get moving in November and raised £11,516 for BBC Children in Need by supporting the One Show's Rickshaw Challenge.
Organised by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) School Games programme, 25 schools and 5,000 pupils took part in different physical activity challenges during the BBC Children in Need Week (12-16 November). Many schools succeeded their target of achieving 423 miles over the week. In total, 15,937 miles was completed in 7 days collectively. An amazing achievement by all involved.
The county's success in motivating its youngsters achieved national recognition with SASP team leader Nancy Murdoch appearing on the BBC's One Show and on the live Children in Need celebration event on Friday 16th November.
Somerset schools encouraged their youngsters to get active and contribute to the 423-mile rickshaw virtual challenge. Schools ran laps of their playing fields at lunchtimes, during play time, counted their miles on their journey to school and also had spin bikes set up for the week for pupils and teachers to rack up the miles cycling.
Josh Wedderkopp of Crowcombe & Stogumber C of E Primary Schools & Misterton Community Primary School said, "We've been blown away by the way our kids and families threw themselves into the Rickshaw Challenge - we had some children approaching marathon distances over the course of the week; and for 60 odd children to have raised over a thousand pounds is astounding! We're usually a pound a pupil for a dress up day or cake sale so this has been utterly inspiring. Thank you!".
Cassandra Perrett of St Joseph's Primary School, Bridgwater, said, "As a school we have never raised so much money for a charity. Such a good week and the children have loved it".
This has been a great week of celebration for Somerset but also raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) have also just been awarded a grant of just under £100,000 from Children in Need to deliver sports activities to young people from low income families. This project will increase confidence and improve physical health and mental wellbeing. SASP's outreach workers will run weekly youth clubs with an emphasis on physical activity, teamwork, goal setting and mutual respect. Activities will happen in local green spaces, seen by many as no-go areas due to the high level of anti-social behaviour, but SASP hope that through participation, young people will begin to value and utilise these spaces again.
SASP CEO, Jane Knowles said, "We are delighted to have received this funding and to put money back into young people in the County, after the amazing efforts of our young people during children in need week. The grant will allow us to help young people make positive changes to their attitudes and behaviour and help to increase confidence and self-esteem".
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Schools that took part in The Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge:
Robert Blake Science College
St Benedict's Church of England VA Junior School, Glastonbury
St John & St Francis Church School, Bridgwater
Huish Primary School, Yeovil
St Andrew's C of E Junior School, Burnham-on-Sea
St Joseph's Primary School, Bridgwater
Mells C of E First School
Hamp Academy, Bridgwater
Merriott First School
St James Church School, Taunton
Ashlands C of E First School
Crowcombe & Stogumber CofE Primary Schools
Misterton Community Primary School
St Andrew's Church School, Taunton
Keinton Mandeville Primary School
St Mary's CEVC Primary School, Bridgwater
Enmore C of E Primary School
Greenfylde C of E First School
West Coker C of E VC Primary School
All Saints C of E Primary School, Montacute
Oakfield Academy, Frome
Fairlands Primary School, Cheddar
Oake, Bradford & Nynehead C of E VC Primary School
Ruishton C of E Primary School, Taunton