Raising cash to help kids keep fit

A SCHOOL has again hit the fundraising trail to boost the health and fitness of its 200 pupils.

The first phase of a project called Kids Under Cover saw 8,000 raised for a trim trail at St James' RC Primary School in Solway Road, Hebburn.

Made up of stepping stones, a tunnel, chain link and wooden blocks, the new facility was launched this month.

Now Kids Under Cover 2 is under way, aimed at collecting 6,000 for an outdoor climbing frame.

As with the first project, parents, children and staff have again joined forces to make the scheme a reality.

Nursery nurse Margaret McCullagh, a member of the fundraising committee, said: "The whole aim of the scheme is to boost facilities in the school yard, which fits in with fitness and anti-obesity strategies.

"We have already received a great boost to the second phase of Kids Under Cover, with a 3,000 grant from Sherburn House, a charity based in Durham.

"The school is now half-way there, in terms of the 6,000 we need for the climbing frame, and we are staging all sorts of fundraising events, such as coffee mornings, non-uniform days and sponsored discos.

"We are also planning a football fun day in April, to push us towards our target.

"But we are confident we can raise the money and hope to have the climbing frame in place this year."

All of the school community is involved in the project, from the school council – made up of pupils representing each age group – to parents and staff.

Anyone wishing to support the latest project should contact the school on 483 2672.