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Schools sponsored walk raises thousands for local hospice.

More than 650 pupils at the Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle walked thousands of laps of their school field to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice.

The students, aged between 11 and 15, set out to walk as many laps as they could during a week. They smashed their target of £1,500 and raised a whopping £5,819 for the hospice.

Dan Markham, RRCA principal, said:

“Eden Valley Hospice is a charity we have worked with closely in the past, but we haven’t raised as much money as this before.
“I am proud that so many took part. It’s a local charity which is close to the hearts of the school and community.”

The students clocked up more than 12,000 laps of the field in just three days, during the event in July. The original plan was for a sponsored walk around Carlisle, but they decided to use the school’s central field instead because of Covid, said Mr Markham.

“We just decided to go around our field as many laps as we could do. Every single student in years seven, eight, nine and 10 took part, as well as 30 members of staff,” he said.
“One thing I’m really passionate about is broadening horizons and creating life-long memories and this was part of our activity week. It was a chance for students to give back to the community.”

Mr Markham says it’s important to support local hospice care.

“I think it is important because at some point in our lives people we love will be associated with the hospice whether it’s closer relatives or wider family,” he said.
“The worst-case scenario is if the hospice was not there, what would happen? That’s non-negotiable. This service has to be here, and it relies on events like ours to make that happen.
“We hope we can continue to support Eden Valley Hospice, moving forward.”