PICTURES: Sport Relief

North Lancing Primary School ran a football competition, involving more than 150 children
North Lancing Primary School ran a football competition, involving more than 150 children

Sport Relief is underway and people across the area are finding all sorts of ways to take part.

The biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Staff from Oak Grove College in Durrington walking to work from Littlehampton PICTURE: GRAHAM FRANKS

Staff from Oak Grove College in Durrington walking to work from Littlehampton PICTURE: GRAHAM FRANKS

The event runs from today until Sunday, with a star-studded night of television lined up on BBC One tonight at 7pm.

Staff from Oak Grove College, in Worthing, have abandoned their vehicles for the day and walked seven miles to work from their homes in Littlehampton.

Setting off at 6am today, teaching assistants Barbara Franks and Tony Burchfield walked with teachers Natalie Brees and Georgia Conway, raising more than £145.

Staff at Downsbrook Out of School Club, Worthing, did their bit early, completing a sponsored walk on Sunday to raise money for Sport Relief.

Staff from Downsbrook Out of School Club finished their sponsored walk with a dip in the sea

Staff from Downsbrook Out of School Club finished their sponsored walk with a dip in the sea

Manager Sarah Watson said: “The theme was to walk, run, swim or cycle, so we walked from the seafront at Brooklands to Goring Gap in fancy dress, then finished with a dip in the sea.

“Parents of children attending the club sponsored the staff in the lead up to the challenge and we are hoping to have raised more than £150.”

North Lancing Primary School organised a two-week football competition for boys and girls, with years five and six competing last week, followed by years three and four competing this week.

Deputy head Joe Todd said: “We have had more than 150 children taking part over the two weeks, all raising money for Sport Relief.

“It was five-a-side with the children selecting their own teams. They all played league games, then the teams progressed to quarter finals, semis and finals.

“They all paid 50p to enter and all receive medals donated by A M Trophies. We have raised more than £80 already.”

Magical Steps Nursery, based at Peter Smith Scout Hall in Southfields Road, Littlehampton, has a sponsored obstacle course for children and staff today, as well as a cake sale.

Students and staff at Shoreham Academy are raising funds by setting up and doing a Tough Runner – similar to the Tough Mudder events which are held nationally.

Teams of four will face obstacles including netting, tarpaulins, hurdles, tyres and a muddy track this afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.

The whole school at White Meadows Primary Academy, in Whitelea Road, Wick, is involved today, with staff and pupils dressing up as their favourite sports person to raise money.

The Littlehampton Academy, in Fitzalan Road, Littlehampton, also has a non-uniform day, alongside a sponsored run involving the whole school.

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