Setting off – youngsters from Gaywood Primary School taking part in the fun run. Pictures: Ian Burt

Thousands of schoolchildren took part in a charity fun run raising almost £6,000 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn’s COVID-19 Support Fund.

Pupils and staff from all 11 West Norfolk Academies Trust (WNAT) schools completed laps of their school fields last Friday. 

The cumulative miles achieved were calculated for each school with Springwood High in King’s Lynn clocking up the biggest combined distance with 2,092 miles, followed by Marshland High in West Walton 1,219 miles and Smithdon High in Hunstanton 1,129 miles.

Gaywood Primary pupils and staff clocked up 635 miles, Heacham Junior 243, and Clenchwarton Primary and West Lynn Primary’s efforts stood at 228 miles and 76 miles respectively.

Other schools taking part were St Clement’s High at Terrington St Clement, Walpole Cross Keys Primary, Snettisham Primary and Heacham Infants.

The money raised will go towards enhancing the health and wellbeing of QEH staff and contribute towards improving the hospital environment during the pandemic and beyond.

The sum raised by the fundraising effort, organised by Smithdon teacher Alysha Moat, will go towards outdoor benches at the hospital for staff to relax during break times.

Andrew Johnson, executive headteacher at the academy trust, said he hopes this becomes an annual event. 

“We know the last year has been tough for our NHS so we were pleased we had this opportunity to show our support to everybody at Team QEH.”

Caroline Shaw, QEH chief executive added: “On behalf of all Team QEH I want to say a big thank you to the many students and staff at the West Norfolk Academies Trust for organising the fun run and raising money for QEH’s COVID-19 Support Fund. The last year has been the most challenging year we have ever faced and to know we have the support of WNAT is a boost for us all.”

Anyone wishing to add to the fundraiser has until Wednesday at