It was another fantastic year for Sport Relief and one school has been celebrating its fundraising success.
The pupils and staff at Elson Junior School in Gosport managed to beat all the school’s previous Sport Relief totals by raising more than £1,000.
Last Friday, every student dressed in different sports gear and paid £1.
But the 322 pupils also took part in a one-mile run around the school track.
When their fundraising efforts were counted up, the pupils and teachers had managed to raise more than £1,000.
Sponsorship money is still coming in and the total is continuing to rise.
Year 3 teacher Carly Willcox says there was lots of different sports gear on show and the children were excited.
She says: ‘Friday was not the day for the children to forget their PE bags, but there were also other types of sports gear to be seen.
‘The outfits showcased children’s individual interests such as judo kits, netball kits and street dance outfits.
‘At Elson Junior School we take our charity efforts very seriously and we work hard to contribute to the community.’
Money raised through Sport Relief is spent in the UK and helps a number of people in need.
Carly adds: ‘There is nothing quite like the feeling of doing something really valuable for charity.
‘All the children were so excited to know how much they had raised and that it would be going to help people who really need it.’
Elson Junior School has done other fundraisers in the past, including a bring-and-buy book sale which raised money for Cancer Research UK.
The school council is also making plans for other charity events in the future.
Schools and businesses from Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth and Havant took part in Sport Relief this year, with many organising cake sales, runs and other sporty fundraisers.