Hendon pupils do Niall’s Mile walk to raise funds for Sunderland AFC charity

Pupils at Valley Road Primary School, Corporation Road, Sunderland, taking part in Niall's Mile with SAFC's Founation of Light cheered on by SAFC mascots Samson and Delilah, on Monday.
Pupils at Valley Road Primary School, Corporation Road, Sunderland, taking part in Niall's Mile with SAFC's Founation of Light cheered on by SAFC mascots Samson and Delilah, on Monday.
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School pupils left the classroom for the morning to take part in a fundraising walk for Sunderland AFC’s official charity.

Youngsters from Valley Road Primary School, in Hendon, wrapped up warm to set off on the Niall’s Mile walk.

Pupils at Valley Road Primary School, Corporation Road, Sunderland, taking part in Niall's Mile with SAFC's Founation of Light, on Monday.

Pupils at Valley Road Primary School, Corporation Road, Sunderland, taking part in Niall's Mile with SAFC's Founation of Light, on Monday.

Niall’s Mile was set up by former SAFC striker and chairman Niall Quinn and is now in its seventh year.

The one-mile walking event helps to pay for the community work which is carried out by the charity.

They are organised by the Foundation of Light and Sunderland City Council, and aim to promote the benefits of regular exercise.

Adelle Burnicle, teacher at Valley Road Primary School, said: “We’re very keen to give youngsters the opportunity to learn more about healthy living, and Niall’s Mile is a great way to introduce walking as part of this.

“As well as the educational aspects of Niall’s Miles, the pupils have really had a lot of fun and I’d encourage other schools to get involved with the initiative.

Adelle Burnicle, teacher and Valley Road Primary School in Hendon

“As well as the educational aspects of Niall’s Miles, the pupils have really had a lot of fun and I’d encourage other schools to get involved with the initiative.”

Years 1 and 2 at Valley Road were the first ones to step out, with Years 3 and 4 next, before Years 5 and took part in their walk.

Liz Barton-Jones, health and wellbeing curriculum lead at Foundation of Light added: “The walks have been fantastic with the entire school getting outside and active.

“It’s great to be able to promote healthy activities such as walking in such a fun way.

“Thanks to the staff and pupils at Valley Road Primary School who have thrown themselves into the spirit of the initiative.

“Also, Sunderland City Council for funding the Niall’s Miles campaign.”