Watch: Silcoates School children take part in a virtual marathon to raise cash for Wakefield Hospice

Children from Silcoates School in Wakefield have gone one step further with their virtual video by raising money for Wakefield Hospice.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:38 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 3:40 pm
Children from Silcoates School in Wakefield have gone one step further with their virtual video by raising money for Wakefield Hospice.

Children in Year 3 were supposed to be taking part in their school sports day and said they were very sad when it had to be cancelled - but narrator, eight-year-old Freddie Simpson, said they were also sad that charities were having a bad time too due to coronavirus.

Freddie's mum, Kirsty Franks, said: "They are really mising each other and missed having their sports day, so Freddie coordinated them all doing a virtual marathon, which they wanted to raise money for a very worthy cause - Wakefield Hospice."

In the video, Freddie said that not being able to hold their sports day made them sad, but knowing that many charities are having a bad time too, also made them sad.

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He said: "So we thought of an idea. We decided to run, walk or bike ride a few miles each to make up the distance of a marathon and we decided to raise money for the Wakefield Hospice because they are so kind and help lots of poorly people.

"It was really hard but we did it - we did more than a marathon - we did 50 miles.

"We'd love it if you could help us raise money to help Wakefield Hospice."

Local film maker and ex-Silcoatian, Johnny Carr, helped Freddie and Kirsty put the video together free of charge to help the children raise funds.

Kirsty said: "It's a really difficult time for the children who haven't seen each other in months and we're so proud of them for doing this together."

Children have already raised £120 of their £200 target, so if you would like to donate and help them along, visit their justgiving page here.