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Bishop's Stortford College teachers smash half-marathon fundraising target for international children's charity Teams4U

A team of teachers from Bishop's Stortford College raised almost £1,700 for deprived children.

Two members of staff at the Maze Green Road independent school – Lucia Sanchez and Jemima Potter – galvanised colleagues to run a half marathon.

Ten joggers ran 13.1 miles (21.1 km) along the Flitch Way, starting at Dunmow petrol station and finishing at Bishop's Stortford College. Four others cycled the route, three walked and three transported participants to the start point.

Fundraiser organisers Jemima Potter, left, and Lucia Sanchez
Fundraiser organisers Jemima Potter, left, and Lucia Sanchez

Lucia, 25, said: "We love to keep fit and take on new challenges. Therefore, we decided to do something positive during this difficult time and make a difference to those who are less fortunate than ourselves."

The teachers took on the challenge to raise £1,000 for international charity Teams4U. "We chose Teams4U because it changes the lives of deprived children and their communities through supporting education and healthcare, providing aid and delivering shoeboxes," said Lucia.

"We might be in the middle of winter and a pandemic, but that shouldn't stop us. There's still room for challenges, for resilience and for showing the world that united we are invincible."

Bishop's Stortford College teachers complete Flitch Way half marathon (43435904)
Bishop's Stortford College teachers complete Flitch Way half marathon (43435904)

The college staff smashed their fundraising target and have so far generated £1,697. Lucia said: "The day before the race, we set up signs along the way to explain the aim of the run and, on the day, families and individuals stopped us and asked us how to donate.

"As we had included a QR code for people to get to the fundraising page, people could easily donate. Even the owner of the petrol station where we started the race – as one of the cyclists was getting a coffee – donated £10."

To add to the group's total, visit their online donation page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jemima-potter.

The event took place in early December when tier 2 restrictions were in place.

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