7 Dec 2020 02:42
Published by: Scott Callan

King's School Infant and Junior teachers have been putting their best feet forward to raise over £1,000 for Dementia UK.

Organised by Year 4 teacher Frances Riley, the King's team of eleven fun runners surpassed all their own expectations to run a collective 400 miles for Dementia UK's Jogging in November Challenge.

Frances, who coordinated the charity run as a tribute to her own grandparents, Joe and Brenda Lowe, explained: "I've not been able to see my grandparents as much as I would have liked to since March and it's hard. Their care home, Sunrise in Mobberley, have been fantastic with their support and we know they are so well looked after but we have obviously been limited to how much we can visit them. I remember very happy times as a child going to their home at weekends, eating 'Fries to Go' as a bed time snack and playing hockey on roller blades with my Gramps in goal! We constantly laughed and had so much fun and felt very loved by two wonderful people."

"My grandad suffers with Dementia and my nan Alzheimer's, so this is for them, they are my inspiration and it is a way of me saying thank you to them, to the charity and to their care home."

Frances, who is also a Phase Leader at King's, added: "When I put the call out to the staff at the start of November I didn't expect such solidarity, but it seems there are so many people who feel exactly the same way and want to do something for the older members of their family they cannot see."

Sue Bamberger, a King's Teaching Assistant and keen runner, added: "It has been great for us to do this as a team, and has been good for our own mental health too."

Pictured from left to right are: Catherine Whelpton, Emma Yoxall, David Nixon, Frances Riley, Grant Wallwork and Sue Bamberger. Also taking part were Mary Byrne, Helen Croxford, Jenny Winstanley, Paul Vowles and Sara Stone.

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