Teacher completes 40 challenges over four months to raise money for her school and hospice

Mary Beatty and Emma Taylor from EACH with children from Lodge Lane Infant School.

Mary Beatty and Emma Taylor from EACH with children from Lodge Lane Infant School. - Credit: Archant

A teacher has raised more than £1,000 for her school and East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) after completing 40 challenges.

Mary Beatty, of Horsford, set herself the task of 40 challenges to celebrate spending 40 years at Lodge Lane Infant School in Old Catton.

After a four-month fundraising campaign she managed to raise £1,050, which will be split between the school and childrens hospice.

Ms Beatty said: 'The school has raised money for Each in the past and I'd heard of the great work they do at their Quidenham hospice.

'I wanted to raise funds for a children's charity as well as the school so I could support the local community with my challenges.'

Completed challenges included tossing a pancake 40 times, standing on one leg for four minutes in front of pupils and staff, walking 14 miles around Norwich, and knitting a four-metre long scarf.

The most unusual activity came when she drove a military tank for four minutes, which is owned by her husband and kept at the Norfolk Tank Museum in Forncett St Peter.

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'I am thrilled with the amount raised,' she said.

'I wanted to do something for the whole school to get involved in and raise some money at the same time.

'Some of the challenges were harder than you would think and I'm so pleased to have completed them.

Each hopes to raise £10m to build a new hospice at Framingham Earl.

For more information visit https://www.each.org.uk

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