The pupils at Baschurch Primary School near Shrewsbury have taken on the challenge of a sponsored mini-marathon to support Signal and their headteacher Mrs Williams’ first full marathon attempt.
The pupils, from four to 11 years old, put all their energies into running as many 0.1 mile laps around the school grounds as possible in one afternoon. The youngest pupils set off after lunchtime and the older pupils took over the relay and were still running at hometime!
Together the children have chalked up an eye-watering 322 miles. One of their schoolmates has a cochlear implant and took full part in the challenge. A fellow pupil said, “I really like the idea of helping people who are deaf, because my best friend’s deaf.”
The whole school is getting behind its headteacher, Mrs Clare Williams, who is taking on the huge challenge of the London Marathon in April to help build deaf friendly communities.
“With the right support, equipment and awareness, children with hearing loss can and do achieve so much.”
Mrs Williams said: “My main motivation is the wonderful children with hearing loss that I have worked with as a teacher. Working with these children and their families has been inspirational to me. With the right support, equipment and awareness, children with hearing loss can and do achieve so much.”
Mrs Williams is aiming to raise at least £1,000 for Signal. This sum could enable the charity to support 25 marginalised deaf children in sub-Saharan Africa into primary education or to provide a week’s worth of services for people with deafness, hearing loss or tinnitus at Signal: The Hub.
Look out for Mrs Williams in the coverage of the London Marathon on 24 April. She will be wearing Signal’s colours: orange tutu with big blue sequins, blue vest with name in orange sparkly letters, long orange compression socks, blue and orange trainers, coloured bows for hair!
Support Mrs Williams!
To support this headteacher’s challenge, please visit Mrs Williams’ online giving page.