Usain Bolt’s running spikes are up for grabs in a fundraising prize draw.
Beachborough School, based in Westbury, is holding a series of events, including the ballot for Usain’s shoes, to support their chosen charity Mary’s Meals. A team of seven staff and parents have also pledged to complete the Three Peaks Challenge - scaling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon in 24 hours. Pupils have also been holding several ‘sales’, having a pool party and taking up a cycling challenge among other things.
Their aim is to raise £7,000 for Mary’s Meals, a group which funds school meals for children in places like Malawi.
Headteacher Jeremy Banks said the project was a ‘good fit’ for the school as they had just had a new kitchen installed and in turn wanted to raise enough for a new kitchen in Malawi - £7,000.
He said: “We wanted Beachborough pupils to make a link to how lucky they are in their lives to some of the poorest children in the world. We want a global outlook for the children.
“We want Beachborough charity to be a charity challenge. It means that they must do things to raise money, like selling cakes or wearing red noses. It could be children selling local products at school, the theme of ‘doing’ is what is important.”
Usain’s shoes, which have been signed by the Olympic champion and world record holder, were donated by Virgin Media through a Beachborough Old Boy and now parent Marcus Atkinson. The white shoes are new and are decorated in the colours of the Jamaican flag. The Puma brand trainers are a custom size and come with Usain’s signature emblazoned across the toe section.
Mr Atkinson has also organised the Three Peaks Challenge and will climb the mountains with the team, which also includes Mr Banks, parents and teachers Ruth Tuthill and Lorraine Campbell and parents Ben Wood, John Pollock, and Kevin Bursnall. The challenge begins at 5.30am on Ben Nevis, followed by Scafell Pike and then concluding with a climb to the summit of Mount Snowdon and back, starting on June 13 and finishing the following day.
Mr Banks said: “The issue for us is how are we going to cope with the rest between peaks when presumably we will all stiffen up and getting walking again at a very strange time of the day.”
So far fundraising efforts have reached £4,500 with almost £1,000 pledged in the prize draw for Usain’s running spikes.
Last year the school raised £6,500 for Independent Age, a charity which provides support for older people on low incomes.
To enter the draw you must pledge £50 or more via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/beachboroughchallenge