School fun run raises pounds for Blue Cross pets

Schoolchildren from Beechwood Junior School present a cheque to Blue Cross Southampton

Children at a school in Southampton have raised pounds for pets in need by pulling on their trainers and running laps.

Year three pupils from Beechwood Junior School raised a total of £460 for the homeless pets at our rehoming centre in Southampton after voting for a fun run as the best way of raising money for Blue Cross.

After the 90 children collected sponsorship from family and friends, they all put on their trainers and ran laps of the school playground totalling a mile.

We were thrilled to welcome three of the runners at our centre last week. Molly Darling, Megan Durkin and Lucy Warren, and their teacher presented us with a cheque and met some of the pets.

Eight-year-old Megan said: “Running around the playground was fun and the visit at the centre was amazing.”

Lara Alford, Centre Manager at Blue Cross Southampton, said: “It’s really lovely that the children decided to raise money for Blue Cross.

“We couldn’t carry on helping all the pets that we do without the help of supporters like the pupils at Beechwood Juniors – we’d like to say a big thank you from us and all the cats and dogs here at the centre too!”

Find out how you can get involved by raising funds to help Blue Cross dogs, cats, horses and small pets now.

— Page last updated 29/05/2015