Oakley Vale Primary School

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Oakley Vale support local marathon runner to raise money for hospice

Oakley Vale support local marathon runner to raise money for hospice

Students in the school council held a mufti day where they raised more than £320 for local marathon runner James Fotheringham who ran the London Marathon for Lakelands Hospice.

Everyone came dressed in their favourite clothes and donated a £1. James completed the marathon in 5 hours and 3 minutes and came in to collect the money and show the school council children his medal. James said ‘16 weeks ago I started training for the London Marathon, through rain, sleet, snow and a tiny bit of sun. I covered over 470 miles and every single one was worth it for the feeling of crossing that finish line. Everything people say about the London Marathon is true, the support from the crowd is unreal, complete strangers screaming at you to keep going and handing out sweets, cake and pizza. I can't believe it's all over and I've done it! I am so grateful to all the students at Oakley Vale for supporting me and raising so much money for Lakelands, everyone’s generosity has been unbelievable and I'm truly humbled by you all. All of you have a made a real difference to someone's life and I couldn't have done it without your support.’

Reception teacher Miss Tew said ‘It’s lovely that the students got to meet James, they were all very excited to hold the medal that he had received and they really enjoy raising money for Lakelands.’