Sunderland students on the run for charity

ON THEIR MARKS: Aiden Turnbull about to start the relay marathon for Save the Children by students at Sunderland City College. Bellow, Jon Butler in action.

ON THEIR MARKS: Aiden Turnbull about to start the relay marathon for Save the Children by students at Sunderland City College. Bellow, Jon Butler in action.

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STUDENTS pounded the pavement to raise money for Save the Children.

A team of 20 runners laced up their running shoes to take part in an international event to raise money for the challenge.

Jon Butler.'Relay marathon for Save the Children by students at Sunderland City College.

Jon Butler.'Relay marathon for Save the Children by students at Sunderland City College.

The group, made up of IT, child care, and A-level students, among others, took it in turn to run lengths of the car park at Sunderland College’s Washington campus, to collect funds on Wednesday.

And, for GB disabled athlete and health and social care student Aidan Turnbull, it was a chance to put his sporting talents to good use.

“Basically I just wanted to get involved,” he said.

“We learn about first aid and health and safety and things on the course so I was thinking about the children and I just wanted to help.”

Aidan, a 100 and 200 metres sprinter, raised just under £120 on his own for the charity, and is hoping his money will be put to good use.

“I just wanted to raise as much as I could,” he said. “I’m happy to be participating.

“We stuck together as a team and did a good job.”

Organiser Laura Mitford, an enrichment officer at the college, said it was a momentous occasion after the team completed the challenge in under two-and-a-half hours.

“This was the first event like this that we have held for Save the Children,” she said.

“And it was great to see so many of the students turn out and give their time to raise money for the charity.

“We were approached by Save the Children to hold the event, and hopefully after the success of this year we will be holding one next year – though maybe earlier in the year so we get better weather.”

Vice principal of Sunderland College, Nigel Harrett, said it was encouraging to see the students making the effort to help a good cause.

“It’s good to see them give up their afternoon to do something to help those less fortunate than themselves,” he said.

“I came out to support them because it’s good to see them doing something for charity, and we always try to encourage students to get involved in things outside of the academic side of college.

“It’s part of the enrichment activities, but also makes them think about the wider world outside their studies.”