Children Benefit from Paul’s Marathon Effort

A parent has reached his target of running 100km in 28 days to raise money to support children’s wellbeing at a Douglas primary school.

Freelance journalist – and Gef contributor – Paul Speller reached the 100km mark on his 15th run.

Along the way pupils from each year group at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School joined him to show their support.

The money raised for the school association will be spent on activities, events and equipment that contribute to wellbeing. The association funds a range of activities, from school trips to a Reading Shed in the school playground

Paul, 49, said: ‘The enthusiasm and support of the children when they joined me on parts of the run was inspiring – I want to raise as much as possible. With all the lockdowns and restrictions, the association hasn’t managed to stage its usual number of fundraising events to help pay for things not covered in the education budget. But we don’t want the children missing out. More than ever, wellbeing plays an important part of school life. Everyone at HBN works really hard to make the school a happy place and we want to help wherever we can.’

Head teacher Rachel Ashley added: ‘We are very grateful to Paul and the association for their efforts on behalf of the school and it was lovely to see the children getting involved. Wellbeing is crucial for children and a major part of what we do. We recently created a new space called the Bloom Room, to offer the children a quiet, calm space and it has already proven to be a valuable resource. Fundraising like this can help us go the extra mile with resources and activities. It really makes a difference.’

There is still time to donate to Paul’s fundraising efforts.

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