Fun run effort raises hundreds for charity

Dedicated pupils and staff at Skegness Academy raised almost �1,700 for charity after they took part in the annual Skegness Santa Fun Run in December. They are pictured presenting a cheque for the money to members of the Rotary at a presentation outside the school last week.
Dedicated pupils and staff at Skegness Academy raised almost �1,700 for charity after they took part in the annual Skegness Santa Fun Run in December. They are pictured presenting a cheque for the money to members of the Rotary at a presentation outside the school last week.
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A SCHOOL certainly got into the spirit during an annual sponsored fun run and a cheque for almost £1,700 was officially presented to a worthy charity recently.

Students and staff from Skegness Academy donned their best Santa suits back in December during the annual Santa fun run which is organised by The Rotary Club of Skegness.

The Academy decided to help raise funds for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance charity.

And a cheque for £1678.49 was presented to Rotary representatives during an official hand over which took place at the Academy last Tuesday (January 24).

“Every year the students and staff take part in the Santa Fun Run that Skegness Rotary Club organise,” said an Academy spokesperson.

Pat Lowe, community and vocational committee chair for the Rotary said: “The recent presentation at the Academy related to their involvement with the Fun Run in December last year.

“A group of students and teachers arrived in their Santa suits and contributed to the success of this event, not only by the large amount of sponsorship money collected, but by their excellent conduct and commitment throughout the morning.

“This is the second year that the Skegness Academy has supported The Rotary Club of Skegness and on behalf of the community and vocational committee, we thank them for their contribution to local charities, including the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.”

Nearly 200 Santas took to the streets of Skegness on the day where Doctor Who and Emmerdale legend Frazer Hines was on hand to start the race.

Mayor of Skegness Coun Steve Kirk and Mayoress Cath Kirk also handed out medals to the runners on the day.

The winner of the race was Alan Wheeler, with Andy Shelton second and Sam Haywood in third. First woman home was Paula Holland from Skegness.