STUDENTS have raised £1,000 for charity after running 10K.

Students in years 9 and 10 at Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form presented at cheque for £1,000 to St Richards Hospice, this year’s nominated charity partner for the Halloween 10k Run.

The run, which took place on November 7, was part of a fundraising drive by the students over the last two years to contribute towards the cost of the school’s biennial cricket and netball tour to Barbados.

In the past fundraising activities have been centred around providing car parking at the school for the T20 cricket, race nights, raffles and cake sales but during 2018 and 2019 this has been enhanced by the Halloween 10k run based at the Cob House Country Park at Wichenford.

Wendy Burgess of the PE department said: “We adopted the run as it combines the elements of fitness awareness, collaboration and citizenship that we try to engender in our students here at Christopher Whitehead.

"I am particularly proud of the students this year given the adverse weather conditions."

Christopher Attwood, race director said: “We were overwhelmed by the numbers of runners who turned up on the day, especially those in Halloween fancy dress, and also those that couldn’t make it on the day but undertook a “virtual” run to ensure the donation to St Richards stood."

In mid-December, students and parents were given a St Richards tour by Alison Parkes and Claire James of the fundraising team which included the recent new build facilities which were approaching completion.

In addition, Alison and Claire explained how donations, such as those from the 10k race as well as other current projects such as the “2020 Leap Day Challenge”, were used to improve the experience of adults who needed to use the hospice facilities as well as family members and carers.

The tour also took in the garden where the students were particularly happy to see two of the giraffes that had been part of the “Worcester Stands Tall” fundraising programme in 2018 which were bought at auction and then gifted back to the hospice.