Pupil raises vital funds for hearing impaired unit in Junior Great North Run

Simonside Primary School pupil Leighton Simmons ran the Junior Great North Run for the hearing impaired unit at the school
Simonside Primary School pupil Leighton Simmons ran the Junior Great North Run for the hearing impaired unit at the school

A school has told of its pride after a kind-hearted pupil raised more than £200 for its hearing-impaired unit.

Leighton Simmons, a Year 5 pupil at Simonside Primary School, on Glasgow Road, Jarrow, took part in the Junior Great North Run last month.

He throughly enjoyed it, and the school is very proud of him

Sue Onur

The nine-year-old completed the course in 28 minutes, raising vital funds for the unit at his school, which caters for the hearing impaired.

Leighton is profoundly deaf himself and has a cochlear implant, so knows first-hand the kind of support it gives to others like him.

A cheque for £228 was handed over to the unit, leaving keen runner Leighton “over the moon”.

Teacher Sue Onur said: “He raised £228 for the hearing-impaired unit based at Simonside Primary.

“At the moment, we have three pupils who use the unit, and they have a teacher and a nursery nurse.

“It has been open for more than 20 years.

“It was the first time he has done the Junior Great North Run, and he completed it in a really good time.

“He thoroughly enjoyed it, and the school is very proud of him.

“He said he wanted to raise money for the unit because of what it does for him.

“He has been so excited, and when the cheque came in, he was over the moon and wanted to tell everyone.”

The Junior Great North Run is a 2.5-mile course, and takes place on the Quayside in Newcastle and Gateshead.

It takes place one day before the Great North Run every year, and is open for those aged between three and 16.