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Wigan School staff take on the 300km challenge to help special youngsters

Pastoral Leader Natalie Schofield and Office Manager Lauren Hunt wanted to do something to help Brighter Dayz, a respite center in Wigan for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

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Cover the miles on a walk in Rivington

Natalie said: “A lot of my learners attend and do nothing but talk about it at school. We were thinking who we could fundraise from and this was the first place we thought of.

They decided to take on the challenge of running or walking a total of 250km in January and asked people to sponsor them for the benefit of the charity.

But in just a few days, it was clear that they would soon exceed the goal, so they decided to increase it to 300 km.

Natalie said: “We got past that because I did 5k runs and Lauren walked a lot. We have been quite active. »

Fundraisers Lauren Hunt and Natalie Schofield

The couple have enjoyed following in their footsteps and getting out as much as they can, including spending five and a half hours walking in Rivington and Winter Hill.

They are supported by students, who ask them how far they have walked or run each day and tell their families about the challenge.

Natalie and Lauren had hoped to raise £200 for Brighter Dayz, but received so much support that they have already exceeded £500.

Knowing where the money is going and the difference it will make helps drive them.

Natalie said: ‘Children will come to school and say they told their grandma or another parent about it. They want us to do well and they know where the money is going. We want to keep the center open and improve what is already amazing.

Brighter Dayz, in Goose Green, was started by a team of parents and former staff from Hop, Skip and Jump in Wigan, who were devastated when it closed in March 2020. It opened in August and has many facilities for young people with additional needs, including a sensory room, an art room, a main room with sensory play equipment, a reading corner and a room where teenagers can relax, watch television and play computer games.

Last month Emma Eastham, Director and Office Manager, called on individuals and businesses in Wigan to show their support, perhaps by raising funds or making donations, to help the center grow and deliver more vital facilities.

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