Pupils get up and run­ning

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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