Pupils get up and running
PUFFIN, the Gerrards Cross Fun Run mascot, has been visiting schools all across Bucks in a bid to encourage the youngsters to take part in the massive community event.
The biennal run takes place on Sunday May 22 and, along with Puffin, other members of the fun run team have been telling the kids to lace up their running shoes as they hit school assemblies in the build up.
The team has made an appearance at Gayhurst School, the Gerrards Cross Church of England School, Moreland Drive, Thorpe House and St Mary’s schools on various days over a fortnight.
One of the committee members Sue Hatrick said: “They had an excellent reception from all of the schools, and the children were very enthusiastic, especially with Puffin, and the medical detection dog that also visited.”
On Friday April 22, Puffin and committee members Anne Green and Fiona Sellers visited Gayhurst School and told the kids about Medical Detection Dogs, one of the main charities that will be receiving the money raised by the fun run.
Gayhurst School is entering four teams this year – a staff team, girls team, senior boys and junior boys teams and have also supported it by sponsoring the race number on children aged four to nine.
Mr Kearns, a sports teacher, said: “This is a fantastic local charity run and we want to encourage as many of our pupils, parents and staff to join in as possible. It’s a hugely important date in the Gerrards Cross calendar and an event that brings the local community together”.
Thorpe House Prep department welcomed Newton the medical detection dog and Puffin to one of their Thursday assemblies.
Newton’s trainer, Rachel, talked to the boys about the work he will do when he is fully trained and how some of the funds raised during the fun run will go towards training other dogs like Newton.
Gerrards Cross Fun Run mascot Puffin with Evelyn Jones and Nehn Sira