Six Norwich teachers to tackle Norwich Half Marathon in aid of two charities

Six teachers from George White Junior School, Norwich, are taking part in the Norwich Half Marathon.

Six teachers from George White Junior School, Norwich, are taking part in the Norwich Half Marathon. Left to right, Ruth Gaunt, Mary Wilson, Meg Watling, Cate Moore, Tom Shackleton and Maureen Hamis. Picture: LEEWAY - Credit: Leeway

Six teachers at a Norwich junior school are lacing up their trainers in aid of two charities.

The group, from George White Junior School, will be running the Norwich Half Marathon on April 9 for Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services and Nelson's Journey, a charity supporting bereaved children and young people living in Norfolk.

And the teachers - Ruth Gaunt, Mary Wilson, Meg Watling, Cate Moore, Tom Shackleton, Maureen Hamis - now say they are hoping for good weather on the day.

MRs Wilson said: 'We are a real mix of runners - some of us will find the half-marathon harder than others, but we are all determined to finish and raise money for two such worthwhile charities.

'Both Leeway and Nelson's Journey have provided invaluable support to children and families at George White Junior School and we are really grateful for the services that they offer. It is an opportunity to give a little something back.'

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Leeway supported more than 8,000 people last year, and Nelson's Journey helped 786 children and young people.

Mandy Proctor, chief executive of Leeway, said: 'Raising awareness of domestic abuse is crucial and so important that people know where to turn to should they need support at such a difficult time in their lives.

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'We supported over 8,000 adults and children last year, some at George White School. These funds are much appreciated and will enable us to continue to provide high-quality support for those experiencing domestic abuse.'

Sarah Hyde, community funding and marketing officer at Nelson's Journey, added: 'It's amazing that the staff at George White have come together to take part in this fundraising run, we are very thankful for their support.

'Last year we supported 786 children and young people following a bereavement in Norfolk, including some at George White Junior School. Challenges like this can really highlight our service to others that may need support, helping them feel that they are not alone. Raising awareness, alongside funds, helps to ensure families have the right information so children can move forward with their grief.

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