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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Such good sports in Cumbria!

Only Fools and Horses made a comeback – and there was also plenty of ducking and diving in Cumbria.

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Abbie Mullen takes part in the Sport Relief Mile at Robert Ferguson School, Carlisle

But there were, thankfully, no dodgy dealings involved because the movement was all sporting – although it proved a right proper little earner for charity.

Thousands of children across Cumbria got behind Sport Relief – running, jumping and all the rest in a day full of fun for a good cause.

With big name celebrities like Cumbrian Helen Skelton, Davina McCall, Alex Jones, Alan Shearer and David Beckham joining Del Boy and Rodney in taking part in this year’s fundraising, the county’s schools got in on the act too.

And their efforts paid off, adding thousands of pounds to the millions raised nationally.

At Robert Ferguson Primary School in Denton Holme, Carlisle, a host of international sporting legends dropped in for the Sport Relief festivities.

Superstar footballer ‘Lionel Messi’ as well as Olympic medallists ‘Bradley Wiggins’ and ‘Mo Farah’ popped along to take part in the school’s sponsored Sport Relief Mile and obstacle course.

Pupils there were allowed to dress up as their favourite sporting stars for the day in order to raise extra cash for the cause.

Year two teacher Carrie Cannon helped co-ordinate the day.

She said: “All the events were organised by the school council and a lot of children have been busy raising money. They wanted to do it because they thought it would be good to raise money for people in need. They all love sports here so when they found out about it they were keen to organise something.”

Staff and pupils at Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle were jumping for joy with their fundraising efforts.

About 150 pupils plus 15 staff members took part in a giant trampathon which saw people jumping on a trampoline constantly for the entire school day.

Dave Hewson, the school’s zone leader for PE, said: “Our aim was just to keep someone on the trampoline for the full day. It’s an activity that our students really enjoy and we thought it would get in a lot of donations. We also did it right in the middle of the atrium so the whole school could be involved.”

Racking up the miles were pupils, staff and families at Brook Street Primary School, Carlisle.

Not just content with doing the traditional Sport Relief Mile, hundreds walked the 1,120 miles to get them to Africa, where they have a twin school.

All 250 pupils and family members took part.

Ruth Walsh, the school’s inclusion manager, said: “Last year we did something similar where we walked to London but this year we wanted to raise the bar. We had a course laid out around the playground and we did maps.

“We had an assembly earlier this week and they were quite affected by what they saw so they definitely wanted to do something.”

  • The Sport Relief TV appeal which included the live reunion of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, raised a record £51.2m.

The fundraising spectacular beat the previous highest on-the-night total of £50.4m. The charity marathon on BBC One last night was hosted live from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

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