Staff and students from the Crawley school have backed an initiative to generate much-needed donations for local NHS organisations while they tackle the effects of coronavirus outbreak, by completing a total of 5km of exercise.
Ryan Ashley, subject leader for PE at Oriel High School, told the Observer: “The Oriel community of students, staff, parents, carers and friends of Oriel, past and present have come together as one over the past 18 days by running, walking or cycling 5k as their one permitted exercise of the day and donating to raise money for the Run5k4NHS charity initiative, fundraising for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS charitable funds.
“The initiative was originally set up as a Sussex football community initiative but my school PE Department jumped on board and promoted the initiative as a way of encouraging physical activity and positive mental health and wellbeing to our students and the wider Oriel community during the school closure (while following the exercise and social distancing guidelines), with the bonus of contributing to such a worthy cause at the forefront of everyone’s consciousness right now.
“Since I ran my 5k and donated £10 as Oriel’s first contribution we’ve generated amazing numbers; 615 more runners and £6706 of the total £46,905 raised by the initiative at the time of writing. We’re so proud of the support that all sections of the Oriel community have given towards such a great cause and initiative.”
The brilliant efforts of the fundraisers have received recognition and congratulations from international sports stars Dina Asher-Smith, Jofra Archer, Delray Rawlins and Karen Pickering, as well as from those who set up the initiative and the BSUH charity themselves.
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