Walk to school in torrential rain is worth it for mums

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Jean Everitt from Friends of the Earth, Cllr Trevor Cartwright, Cllr Rob Humby, Cllr Graham Burgess, Jean MacGrory from Hampshire County Council with Callum Manson, Thomas Houghton and Skye Maccoll from Rowner Junior School. Picture: David George

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THEY walked through rain and thunderstorms in an 11-mile trek to raise money for their children’s school.

Sharps Copse Primary School in Havant is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Sharps Copse Primary School mums did a sponsored walk, pictured with their children at the end of the walk''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131551-1)

Sharps Copse Primary School mums did a sponsored walk, pictured with their children at the end of the walk''Picture: Paul Jacobs (131551-1)

So a group of 10 mums from the Friends of Sharps Copse School decided to mark the occasion with something different, by walking from South Parade Pier in Southsea all the way up to the school in Havant.

They faced torrential downpours, thunder and lightning as they left Southsea yesterday morning.

But they were cheered on by drivers on the Eastern Road who tooted their horns to give them some support.

And as they walked through the school gates shortly before 3pm they were welcomed back with a big cheer from the children who all stood up in the playground and applauded them.

Kelly Waller, 26, organised the event. She said: ‘We feel it’s important that we put something back into this school. The school is amazing.’

Claire Young, 24, added: ‘This school is so community-based. It’s lovely to come up in the morning and be greeted by friendly teachers. At the end of the day they are still there smiling in the playground.’

Claire added that she was thrilled with the reception she got when the children welcomed them back to the school.

‘We have had a fantastic day but to see that at the end made what we went through all worthwhile,’ she said. ‘It was amazing. I didn’t expect that at all. Seeing my son run up to me was brilliant. I’m elated now. It was a lot harder than we thought it would be.’

Headteacher Mike Elsen said: ‘It’s fantastic for me as a new head coming to the school to realise that our parents are right behind me, and the children and the staff.

‘It’s fantastic that they want to do the very best for our children, especially as we are in our 50th year.

‘It’s good to see determination, challenge, passion and courage which are some of the values that our children are demonstrating in school. Our parents are demonstrating those values as well. I’m very proud of them.’

The school is having its first summer fair on Saturday, July 20 to mark the 50th birthday.

It will run from 11am until 2pm and former pupils are invited back.