On your marks! Dickleburgh Primary School pupils run five marathons in five days to raise money for child amputee charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope
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Young people have put on their trainers to run the equivalent of five marathons in five days - to raise money for amputee children around the world who aren’t as fortunate.
Dickleburgh Primary School year-one teacher Rheanna Lascelles began training for this year’s London Marathon after agreeing to run with friend Victoria Panton Bacon, from Harleston, whose own children Ranulph and Rollo attend the school.
The pair are raising money for the charity Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, co-founded by Ms Panton Bacon and her sister after her niece Pollyanna Hope lost her leg below the knee in a horrific bus crash 10 years ago.
And pupils got behind the fund-raising drive by running the equivalent of 26.2-miles between them around the school field each day during the week beginning Monday, March 27.
The campaign will culminate with an inspirational event at the school where Abdifatah Dhuhulow, who lost a leg when he was badly injured during the civil war in Somalia in 1991, will speak about how he has overcome his difficulties to become a top athlete.
“The charity is very close to Victoria and I thought it would be nice for children to help other children,” Mrs Lascelles said.
“The children are very enthusiastic and some of them have done extra jobs around the house to get extra sponsorship.
“The children are very keen to help others. It is very important they understand that we’re very lucky and not everyone is quite as lucky as we are. I can go out for a run but there are children who can’t.”
Speaking about the end of the week event, Mrs Lascelles said: “It will be really inspiring for the children. Some of them might not have seen people who are amputees before, so it will help them to understand the issues they face.
“Hopefully it will be really uplifting and worthwhile for them.”
Ms Panton Bacon added: “I am so pleased to be running with Mrs Lascelles - the support from my boys’ school at this time is very special.”
Ms Panton Bacon is calling for 1,000 people to sponsor her £5 by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VeePantonBacon
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