Eastbourne helps the Sport Relief challenge

Sport Relief Shinewater
Sport Relief Shinewater

LOCALS young and old took to the streets, the treadmills and the golf course to raise cash for this year’s Sport Relief campaign.

A host of schools, businesses and community groups did their best to generate funds for the nationwide charity, which shares its money between projects both here in the UK and further afield in impoverished parts of Africa and developing countries.

And among those who made the effort to join in locally was Jenny Cornelius, who ran for 12 hours at the Sovereign Centre, and members of Willingdon Golf Club, who held a special golf day to mark the occasion.

Pupils at Hazel Court School raised more than £500 by coming to lessons in fancy dress and then walking round Shinewater Lake.

While youngsters from Langney Primary School trekked all the way from the Sovereign Centre to the Wish Tower in return for sponsorship from friends and family.

One fun-loving young lad even did the distance dressed in a giant wig with a face painted like a clown.

West Rise Infant School well and truly entered into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in sports-related outfits for the day, with youngsters decked out in swimming costumes, football kits and skateboard gear.

They also took part in a Sport Relief sponsored mile.

Nearby, at West Rise Nursery, the young’uns toddled along on their own sponsored stroll and enjoyed a day jam-packed with fun and games.

And, not to be outdone, staff and children from Meadows Nursery in Hailsham all dressed up in return for a small donation.

Among the best costumes were a boy in a Superman outfit, a Mini Mouse, a princess and even a dragon.

Dozens of fundraisers were held across the town, with money pouring in all the time and some runners ventured to nearby Brighton to take part in the city’s seafront run.

Among those other places which joined in was Bluebell Hill Nursery, which welcomed the Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd to its event.

The politician got to meet youngsters who had dressed up and chat to staff – including one dressed as a 118 runner.

Whether or not he took off his shoes and climbed aboard the bouncy castle was unconfirmed.