On Friday 22nd June Moreton Hall Prep School pupils and staff – on behalf of the School Council— took part in an ambitious attempt to run continuously for 24 hours.
The School Council is made up of elected representatives from each class to form a fundraising committee who are responsible for events and ideas throughout the year to support the School’s chosen charities. They have raised over £1000 for EACH and St Nicholas Hospice.
The challenge began at 11:00am with Pre-Prep children and staff – not to mention the school goats, Lofty and Moreton. Throughout the day and into the evening children from every class and many members of staff helped to keep the show on the road. However, during the night a small group of children volunteered to run through the darkness and into the early hours of the morning to ensure the challenge was completed successfully. Tilly Hunt, Tashy Hurley, Edward Harcombe, Maria Lovegrove, Maria Rueda Delclaux, Matilda Grant, Linda Xu, Tristan Ni and Eric Zhao showed huge resilience and determination to keep going and stay awake.
Spirits were lifted at 2:00am with a pizza delivery and hot tea but towards daybreak the children began to flag. However, Year 3 teacher Anita Fildes arrived at 5:00am with coffee and cornettos and, more importantly, her trainers!
Sophie Hunt, who is responsible for School Council and ran with the children through the night said ‘It was a real test of endurance, especially from midnight to 5:00am. I can’t tell you how proud I am of those children who kept going all night. They really did have to dig deep and I am hugely impressed by their determination and resilience. We are so proud of these children, it really does sum up the Moreton Hall ethos and everything we would wish our children to be.’
Heads of School Council, Tashy Hurley and Tilly Hunt said: ‘It was a really successful event and was very good fun. Everyone worked together as big family and although it was tough at times everybody battled through. The pizza at 2:00am helped! It helped us reach our goal of £1000 for EACH and St Nicholas Hospice.’
Natasha Brame from EACH said: “We would like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part in this amazing challenge. The determination demonstrated by all those involved was inspiring, especially everyone who ran throughout the night! At EACH, we rely heavily on voluntary donations to deliver our vital care so we are incredibly grateful to everyone at Moreton Hall Prep School for their fantastic support.”
George Chilvers, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s Community Manager, said: “On behalf of everyone at St Nicholas Hospice Care I would like to say a massive thank you to every single pupil that took part in the 24-hour run as well as everyone who supported the event. We are so pleased that the school have supported our charity in this way. The challenge the pupils set themselves was by no means an easy one and every single penny that they have raised will make a difference to our charity and the people we support. We are extremely grateful for their kindness, generosity and of course their determination to complete their challenge. Thank you Moreton Hall Prep School.”