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Richard Whittington Primary School pupils' VE Day 75 bounce-athon raises £1,000 for Well Child charity

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Bouncy brothers and sisters at a Bishop's Stortford school expended some pent-up energy and clocked up 1,945 jumps in a charity fundraising challenge to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Twelve siblings and friends – aged from four to nine – from Richard Whittington Primary School clambered aboard their trampolines on Friday (May 8) for the sponsored bounce.

A Zoom meeting was set up between the six households. Each set of siblings bounced 160 times in relay fashion and then all six pairs came together to do the final 25 to arrive at the total of 1,945 – to mark the year when the Second World War ended.

Organiser Steph Slight came up with the idea of a challenge that the children at the school in Thornbera Gardens could do 'together'.

"This is a huge achievement for them. They all feel extremely proud of themselves," a school spokeswoman added.

So far the children have raised £1,036 for the charity Well Child, which supports children with serious health needs to thrive during difficult times, such as the coronavirus pandemic. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/f/1945-bounces, which will remain open until Friday (May 15).

The 12 pupils who took part were: Amelia, 8, and Ellie, 4; Zayd, 6, and Yameena, 8; Amelia, 8, and Lucas, 5; Jack, 6, and Keira, 8; Edie, 8, and Oscar, 6; Elodie, 9, and Leo, 6.

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