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Thousands take part in Sport Relief fun
7:50am Saturday 24th March 2012 in Video
Dickie Bird with Batman and Robin, PE teachers Craig Whish, right, and Gavin Kumar, before setting pupils and staff off in the Sport Relief mile at Tadcaster Grammar School
SCHOOLS across York, North and East Yorkshire got into the fundraising spirit for Sport Relief yesterday.
Legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird sounded the starter’s horn as more than 1,600 staff and students at Tadcaster Grammar School ran the Sport Relief Mile.
Organiser Paul Walker, head of year 10, said: “All of the staff and students have embraced the event, had a great time and raised a huge sum of money. The appearance of Dickie Bird has been the icing on the cake.”
The school hopes to raise more than £9,000.
In York, staff at Clifton Primary School took on the dads of pupils in a charity football match, raising more than £350 for Sport Relief and the British Heart Foundation, while pupils at Hempland Primary School raised more than £800 by sponsoring teachers and teaching assistants to dance in assembly before every child ran the Sports Relief Mile.
Pupils at Derwent Infant and Junior Schools raised money by selling buns and wristbands, as well as holding a sponsored fun run.
In Ryedale, Norton Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Malton Community Primary School and Malton Secondary School all held Sport Relief events.
Mike’s a good sport...
YORK sports shop manager Michael Page has taken a cutting edge approach to fundraising – by shaving his hair into the Sport Relief logo.
Michael, 29, of Heworth, manager of Sports Direct in Davygate, said: “I had a very boring haircut, and I thought it was time to do something a bit extreme.” Staff have already raised about £700 in donations for Sport Relief.