A group of teachers and pupils from Hazel Grove High School are to take part in the Great Manchester Run to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.
Dave Bradbury, business studies teacher at the Stockport school, has rallied a team of sixteen colleagues including senior management staff, to take on the 10k and half marathon course on Sunday, May 20.
Dave was so impressed by his students’ hard work in a Dragons’ Den style enterprise competition held at Manchester Airport, that raised £285 for Francis House, he asked the staff to do something equally ambitious.
He said: “When we did the enterprise competition the students worked really hard on it and we were given such enthusiastic support from Francis House. I don’t think that it is too much to ask for us to do a charity run.”
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Joining the teachers taking on the 10k are sixth-form students Shae Crawford and Harry Meats.
Eight of the more experienced running staff and their partners are tackling the 13.1 mile half-marathon.
“There are a core of people at the school who love running, two or three of the teachers run most mornings before school,” added Dave.
“Scott Richardson, our head of computing, wouldn’t class himself as a runner, but he has been the catalyst for getting everyone in the department involved.
“The Great Manchester Run has a unique atmosphere, with crowds of people cheering you on, it really is amazing. If I complete it in under an hour I’ll be happy.”
Francis House in Didsbury provides respite care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.
To support Team Hazel Grove High’s fundraising, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Bradbury13