Local WVC NHS Fundraiser gathers momentum

Witchford Village College have been at the forefront of an NHS fundraiser since the college closed, just prior to lockdown.

The fundraiser for the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust, challenges students, staff and the local community to walk, run or cycle 5K for the NHS and donate to their JustGiving page.

Another eight local schools have now joined the initiative with the current amount raised topping £4,000. The partnering schools are Rackham Primary, Ely College, Littleport & East Cambs Academy, Neale Wade Academy, Cromwell Community College, Swavesey Village College, Millfield Primary School & Soham Village College. Students and staff from these schools and their communities, are being amazing by rising to the challenge and putting their own spin on it.

From the WVC community we have seen some great money-making feats and notable achievements. Special mention must go to Year 8 student Connor who cycled eleven miles and raised just over £500, and as a bonus made a guest appearance on Star Radio! Year 11 student Scott ran 5km every day for a week, raising over £400.

Haddenham Rovers U12 Girls’ Football Team (which includes many WVC students), are having a virtual trip to Wembley and have been walking and cycling to cover the journey of 73.8 miles. The target was smashed after three days and they have currently covered 168 miles whilst raising a lot of money. Our own Lead Teacher of PE, has been leading by example and this weekend completed his thirtieth 5km run over thirty days.

Mr Courtney Pettifor, WVC Lead Teacher of PE and project initiator said; ‘It has been amazing to see the local community and schools across the Cambridgeshire region take part in the challenge. Initially starting off at WVC to give something back to the community, I decided to contact local schools to get involved and without hesitation, they have jumped on board!

The students, staff and families have been incredible with their involvement and their fundraising efforts, with over £4000 raised to date. Thank you to everyone who has got involved so far, and there is still plenty of time to get involved too, whether you are an individual or a college. I am very proud of each and every student, staff member and the local communities across every school involved, who have gone the extra mile to support the NHS’.

The fundraiser will continue until schools reopen.

Further details can be found at: https://www.wvcpe.co.uk/run5kfornhs

The JustGiving link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/5kfornhs

Press release from Witchford Village College

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