Pupils get active to help heart charity

Solent Junior School pupils hand over a cheque for �1,797 to the BHF
Solent Junior School pupils hand over a cheque for �1,797 to the BHF
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These children enjoy skipping so much that they’ve just helped to raise almost £1,800 for the British Heart Foundation.

The pupils from Solent Junior School in Drayton have raised more than £10,000 for the BHF over the past nine years by taking part in the charity’s Jump Rope for Heart initiative.

This year, around 90 children from Year Four, aged eight and nine, took part in the sponsored skipping challenge, showcasing a variety of skipping styles they had developed during the school term.

The children were sponsored for every five minutes their team ‘jumped rope’ and skipped for an hour over the course of the day.

Through sponsorship from their family and friends, they raised a total of £1,797 for the BHF.

Ian Lapworth, Year Four teacher and organiser of Jump Rope for Heart, says: ‘We’ve taken part in Jump Rope for Heart since 2003 and our pupils really enjoy taking part.

‘It gives them a reason to get moving while having a lot of fun, and it helps us encourage healthy habits, whilst creating a more active ethos in school – plus it raises a great amount of money for the BHF.’

Elizabeth Cooper, headteacher at the school, adds: ‘The lovely thing for the children is it’s great fun. It also reinforces all the positive aspects of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s very educational at the same time.

‘They really start to consider what makes a positive lifestyle.

‘We are encouraging them to take up exercise and to think about what they eat. The children learn about how to maintain a healthy heart.

She adds: ‘They absolutely love taking part in this. They do it throughout the day so it’s non-stop activity.’

Jump Rope for Heart is a national initiative organised by the BHF.

The scheme promotes the importance of maintaining a healthy heart through regular exercise such as skipping.

Mary Bareham, BHF fundraising volunteer manager says: ‘A heartfelt thank you to the children of Solent Junior School – their efforts will help us continue with our lifesaving work.

‘The Jump Rope for Heart programme has been going for 25 years now and is widely recognised by thousands of schools that take part as a healthy, fun and challenging aerobic activity that gets children active, while raising money for both the school and the BHF.’