Young pupils don their sports gear for Olympic challenge in aid of military charity

Pupils at Westfield Infant and Nursery School in Watton have raised £600 for Walking with the Wounde

Pupils at Westfield Infant and Nursery School in Watton have raised £600 for Walking with the Wounded. Pictured: Duncan Slater from the military charity with pupils Emily, Luke and Thomas. Courtesy of Tracy King. - Credit: Archant

Infant school pupils entered into the Olympic spirit this summer to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

This week Westfield Infant and Nursery School in Watton donated £600 to Walking with the Wounded, its chosen charity of the year.

The money was raised during a week of Olympic activities in the summer term, which saw the children tackle sponsored triathlons and heptathlons, relay races and other events from the world-class competition.

In total around £1,200 was raised – half was donated to the military charity, and the other half will be put towards improving the school's outdoor activity equipment.

To recognise Westfield's donation, Duncan Slater from Walking with the Wounded came to visit pupils on Tuesday and gave an assembly about the charity's work.

School secretary Tracy King, who organised the Olympics week, said: 'For the last few years we have tried to choose a military charity as we have a few forces families in the school.

'With Walking with the Wounded there is a disability element as well, which tells the children that whatever their needs, they can go on to achieve.

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'The £600 we have raised will pay for three members of the forces who have been injured to go through training to get back into work.'

During the Olympics week the children also had the chance to use a climbing wall and watched Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu demonstrations from a local martial arts club.

They were also challenged to make healthy fruit salads – with ingredients donated by Tesco in Watton – and made their own Olympic medals.

Ms King said: 'The kids absolutely loved it, because there was such a variety. It is get to get the children active for their own health, but to have that range of activities and to have visitors come into the school gave them the opportunity to do something they would not normally do.'

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