YOUNG and old got sporty yesterday in a bid to raise money for good causes in the UK and overseas.
Schools and businesses across South Tyneside took part in Sport Relief events to raise thousands of pounds for the national fundraising drive.
More than 300 Key Stage two pupils from Westoe Crown Primary School held a morning of games at Gypsies Green Stadium, South Shields.
Fundraising co-ordinator at the school, Carolyn Trotter, said pupils raised more than £500 for the charity.
She said. “The children had a great time. It was lots of fun.”
Pupils took part in games organised by Sam Fox, from South Tyneside Council’s sport and leisure department, including an obstacle course and dodgeball. Meanwhile, personal trainers at the Lifestyle Fitness club in South Shields, jumped the height of the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The team of 12 started jumping on and off a 2ft box on Monday, reached the 19,342ft mark on Tuesday, and then worked their way back down. They aim to complete the challenge today and collect about £450. Manager Alison Bell said: “There has been a really good atmosphere all week with the challenge going on.”
Pupils at Fellgate Primary School, Oxford Way, Jarrow, took part in a cycle challenge. Peter Gulbrandon from cycling charity Sustrans helped those taking part in 100 laps of the playground challenge.
Deputy headteacher Sean McMullen said the whole school got involved to raise money. Pupils also ditched their uniforms in aid of the charity, and donned sports gear.
Meanwhile, well-known fun runner Jarra Jim Purcell called in at Epinay Business and Enterprise School, Jarrow, which was staging an obstacle course to mark the occasion. The youngsters were led around the course by the 92-year-old.
Jim, who has taken part in Sport Relief events for a number of years and is well-known for his participation in the Great North Run, said: “I think the children are great and it’s good to see them taking part in activities like this. It helps to build their confidence and gives them a sense of achievement.”
Clervaux Nursery pupils took part in the challenge, shooting hoops, using tennis bats and balls and walking along wooden benches.
South Shields pop stars Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall also got in on the act. The pair, part of hit band Little Mix, performed the Sport Relief official song Word Up on BBC 1 last night.
n See Monday’s Gazette for more Sport Relief photographs