Events held throughout region for Sport Relief

Published date: 24 March 2014 |
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EVENTS took place around Wrexham and Flintshire to help raise vital funds for Sport Relief.

Endurance challenges, fancy dress events and even a supermarket flash mob took place on Friday to help raise money for the biennial charity event.

Hundreds of people took part in the Sport Relief Mile at Deeside Stadium yesterday with runners of all ages taking to the track to run a mile for the campaign.

The run formed one of hundreds of Sport Relief Mile events held throughout the country, with those taking part donating £6 to the charity.

A swimathon was also held at Mold Leisure Centre, which was also one of dozens being held around the UK.

Businesses, schools and individuals also held their own fundraising initiatives.

At Deeside Insurance in Shotton, staff members used exercise bikes to cycle the equivalent distance from Deeside to the Olympic Park in London and back in one day.

Working in relay, around 14 members of staff, including Paralympic sitting volleyball player Amy Brierly, took turns to cycle around 750km to raise funds.

Michelle Mossman, customer advisor at the company, said: “We were getting donations from passing traffic outside, from fundraising forms and also from
a raffle.

“It is something we really wanted to do, everyone has come dressed in their visors and leg warmers.

“We didn’t do any training before, we just jumped on the bikes and went for it.”

At Castell Alun High School in Hope, students donned a colourful array of sporting attire to raise money for the appeal.

Assistant headteacher Paul Edwards said: “Students have a lot of fun determining their outfits for this kind of event.

“Their enthusiastic participation in days like these to allow us to support the vital work of local and national charities, and, on occasions, add to our school
funds also.”

Sixth formers at the school will also take part in a fancy dress fun run next week, with some of the money raised going to the Sport Relief appeal.

At Sainsbury’s Local in Mynydd Isa, staff and some students from Argoed High School, Mynydd Isa posed as customers before launching a flash mob, performing a dance routine in the middle of the store.

They raised money through fundraising forms before the event, and with buckets while performing.

Fundraisers all over Wrexham have been taking on a variety of exercise challenges for Sport Relief this weekend.

Hundreds of runners turned out on Sunday morning at the Queensway Stadium to support the cause.

Some 150 people turned out to take on a variety of distances from one mile up to six miles, and despite a wet morning the sun shone as the runners set off.

Mark Glasson, manager at Queensway Stadium, said: “Everyone really enjoyed it.

“We had people of all ages and abilities taking on the run and it was a really great day in the sun, despite the wet weather earlier in the morning.”

It is unknown how much was raised on the day for the charity.

Schools and businesses across Wrexham have also been raising money over the weekend.

At AVOX on the Wrexham Industrial Estate employees took part in a number of races including the egg and spoon race and wheelbarrow race. with Wynne Evans, the singer from the Go Compare adverts joining in.

David Ulotti, HR assistant at Avox, said: “It was a really great day and there were loads of people taking part in the events.

“It was great to Wynne along to help as well and we raised £700 on the day for Sport Relief.”

At Ysgol Dinas Bran in Llangollen there was a sports relief day, where there was three legged races, the conga and pupils were having fun soaking the teachers in the Soak The Teacher event.

At Madras School in Penley pupils also took part in a special fancy dress fun run.
A grand total of £51m was raised for the Sport Relief in the UK.

Sport Relief is an event organised by Comic Relief, in conjunction with BBC sport which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries.

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