Hundreds of schoolchildren run a mile to raise funds for Whiteley teacher's marathon bid

A SCHOOLteacher was left '˜blown away' after more than 150 children ran either a mile or a kilometre to raise thousands of pounds for her.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 6th February 2017, 6:00 am
Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)
Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)

Becky Dimblebee, 36, from Stubbington, is bidding to run the London Marathon this April in aid of charity Headway North Hants, which provides support to those who have suffered brain injuries across the county.

The mother-of-two is running in aid of the charity as her brother, Gareth, 35, has been receiving support from Headway ever since he suffered a brain injury in a car accident 10 years ago that left him in a six-week coma.

Becky, who teaches at Whiteley Primary School, is an avid runner with Fareham Crusaders and decided to set up a fun run to raise the £1,250 needed to run the race.

Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)

The event on Saturday saw around 170 schoolchildren from Whiteley Primary and from Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools run a mile or one kilometre around Stubbington Recreation Ground.

Becky had previously raised £400 ahead of the event.

She said: ‘I am blown away by the response that I’ve had from the kids and everyone that has come to help out today. I never thought we would get so many kids coming down to help me out. It just shows you the strength of this community.’

She estimated that she may have smashed her target after some runners had raised £100 on their own.

Teacher Becky Dimblebee, centre, with some of the 150 entrants Picture Keith Woodland (170502-200446001)

A bake sale also took place in addition to the run.

Kobi Brooker, seven, from Gosport, ran a mile. He said: ‘It was a lot of fun and it was good to do it with my friends. I was happy to help.’

Milan Kollat, five, from Stubbington added: ‘I losve running so this was a lot of fun.’