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School run to raise funds for children’s hospice

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Dave Bradbury (pictured centre) with staff and students from Hazel Grove High School set to run for Francis House in the Great Manchester Run.

A group of teachers and pupils from Hazel Grove High School are taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise funds for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Dave Bradbury, business studies teacher at the Stockport school, has rallied a team of sixteen colleagues including senior management staff, to take on the 10k and half marathon course on Sunday, May 20.

Dave was so impressed by his students’ hard work in a Dragon’s Den style enterprise competition held at Manchester airport, that raised £285 for Francis House, he asked the staff to do something equally ambitious.

He said: “When we did the enterprise competition the students worked really hard on it and we were given such enthusiastic support from Francis House. I don’t think that it is too much to ask for us to do a charity run.”

Joining the teachers taking on the 10k are sixth form students Shae Crawford and Harry Meats. Eight of the more experienced running staff and their partners are tackling the 13.1 mile half marathon.

“There are a core of people at the school who love running, two or three of the teachers run most mornings before school.

“Scott Richardson, our head of computing wouldn’t class himself as a runner, but he has been the catalyst for getting everyone in the department involved,” said Dave.

Joining thousands of spectators will be Dave’s wife Claire and two-year-old son William, waving Francis House flags in support.

“The Great Manchester Run has a unique atmosphere, with crowds of people cheering you on, it really is amazing. If I complete it in under an hour I’ll be happy.”

Francis House provides respite care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

To support Team Hazel Grove High’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-Bradbury13