YOUNGSTERS Faith and Miles Bell are putting in the miles to raise much needed money for their school.
The sister and brother, aged nine and six and pupils at Berkswell School, came up with the idea of running a mile every day through October to try and fill coffers which would have been replenished by the school fete – cancelled due to Covid.
Dad Steve, a Reader at Berkswell Church, said: “When schools returned after the lockdown they became concerned the school might be missing out on vital fundraising activities meaning they wouldn’t get the benefit of the extra money so they wanted to do something to help out.”
Their solution was to run to school each day before bell time.
“They’re really enjoying it,” said Steve.
“Mum Zoe and I take it in turns to run with them and we are not runners, in fact we struggle to keep up with them.”
Zoe added: “I’m really proud of them for saying they wanted to run a mile for every day in October.
“I told them it would be hard work, but they were adamant that was what they wanted to do. They certainly don’t get it from either of us, as neither of us are enthusiastic fitness freaks!”
So every morning, the pair are getting up an hour earlier than usual to make sure they have time for a run before going to school.
Berkswell School headteacher Tracy Drew said: “We should be inspired by Faith and Miles in their approach to raising much needed funds for our school. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”
In the first 24 hours of their Just Giving page being set up the two had raised £400 and they and they are still collecting.
To add to their total, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/faithandmilesrunforschool .