Hackney residents help raise thousands for Sport Relief

Children at Morningside Primary School get into the spirit of Sport Relief
Kids get into the spirit of Sport Relief (Credit: Morningside Primary School and Children's Centre)

Credit: Morningside Primary School and Children’s Centre

Children skipped, danced and swam in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

With millions taking part nationwide, schools across Hackney piled in to do their bit and raise funds for Sport Relief.

City Academy in Homerton was one of the largest contributors, and have so far raised more than £3,000 from students running 2km in a cross country challenge.

The children at Morningside Primary in Chatham ran around their school three times, a total of 1km, which earned more than £700 for Sport Relief.

Hackney Wick’s Gainsborough Primary School raised £125 through sponsored dancing, while Mandeville Primary School in Homerton raked in £237 – and counting – through a no-school uniform day and talent show.

Sophie Gilderdale, who teaches PE at Bridge Academy in Haggerston, said that her school’s week of events had brought benefits beyond the money raised.

“We had something going on every day. Staff vs students dodgeball was fun, and we also played inter-school staff netball. There were challenges on at break times, like how many kick-ups can you do in a minute, long-rope skipping, standing long jumps and a press-up challenge, which the boys loved. It was our second time raising money for Sport Relief, and we came out of it with £110 for the week.”

“It really got everyone together. The kids really loved it, and there was a real community feeling. Apart from the benefits for charity, the school also gained from it. We’ll definitely extend it next time!

People in fancy dress running for Sport Relief at the Olympic Park
A group dressed as Kiss prepare for their run at the Olympic Park (Credit: Josh Jackman)

Sport Relief’s main event took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with residents donning fancy dress to tackle sporting challenges.

Thousands of runners sped around the stadium in one, three or six-mile challenges, while the Olympic Aquatics Centre hosted the Swimathon, with simultaneous swims happening in 600 pools across the country.

The Olympic Park was also the centrepiece for the cycling challenge, with similar events taking place in Manchester and Glasgow, as attendees pedalled up to 50 miles for charity.