When friends Tom, William, Harry and Sam were tasked with a school charity project, they certainly didn’t shy away from the challenge – inspired to run a half marathon in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Year 7 & 8 pupils from Newland House School were tasked with the project, which asked students to select a charity they wished to raise money for, and then plan and organise a fundraising event.

The boys decided they wanted to raise money for their local children’s hospice charity – deciding on the huge challenge of running a half marathon!

They took on the run over two weekends, running through Bushy Park, where they were met by our Community Fundraiser Ellie Constable at the finish line.

Ellie said, “I was so pleased to be there to see the boys at the finish line and to be able to award them with a medal each with their name on – which they loved! In total they raised an amazing £1,000 and ran the half marathon in a very quick time! They genuinely looked like they could have done it all over again! It’s so inspirational to see our young supporters take on challenges like this and a huge congratulations to them all! The money they’ve raised will go on to make such a difference to the children, and their families that we support.”

Sarah, Harry’s mum said, “Come rain or shine, the boys trained really hard to prepare for their half marathon, gradually increasing their distance. They started training a as group of four but when lockdown kicked in they continued individually and in pairs.”

Superstar runner, Tom said, “We chose to support Shooting Star Children’s Hospices because the children have life-limiting conditions and we wanted them to be able to have fun while they can.”

Sarah continues, “We are really proud of all their dedication and hard work, and that they raised so much money for such a wonderful charity.”

Inspired by Tom, William, Harry and Sam? Why not create and take on your very own fundraising challenge? We have lots of ideas and tips here.