Community comes together to help those in need

AND THEY'RE OFF: Students set off on their Sport Relief mile around Hadleigh High School playing field.
AND THEY'RE OFF: Students set off on their Sport Relief mile around Hadleigh High School playing field.

Whether it was running, jumping or sleeping on a wooden floor, the determination of individuals to get involved in Sport Relief produced incredible feats.

All across Sudbury, Hadleigh and the surrounding area, both traditional and innovative methods of fundraising were on display.

In Acton, seven-year-old Katy Branch chose to forgo the comforts of her mattress and sleep on her bedroom floor for the night to raise money for those who are without a bed.

“Katy decided to do this after she found out lots of people do not have a bed to sleep on,” said mother Mandy Branch, from Waldingfield Road.

“We are extremely proud of her compassion for others and cannot believe she has raised £200.”

At Hadleigh High School, pupils and staff took part in a week of fun-filled activities, including a 24-hour sponsored bike, run and row, a penalty shoot-out competition and a dodgeball tournament.

Organised by the school’s teaching assistants, the events culminated in a Sports Relief mile around the playing field involving 800 students on Friday.

“We had a red and ridiculous theme to our non-uniform day and it was great to see everyone taking part,” said learning support assistant Holly Clune. “We smashed our £400 target.”

At Anglia Sunshine Nurseries in Warner Way, Sudbury, toddlers completed a sponsored jump and have raised £310 to date.

“The children loved it and it was amazing to see how far some of them could jump,” said organiser Hannah Gibbs.

“The babies even got involved by doing an obstacle course.”

At Sainsbury’s in Cornard Road, shoppers were treated to the spectacle of a flash mob, while staff at the store dressed up and completed a cycling challenge to bring in £3,500, with a charity football match still to be held at Ormiston Sudbury Academy next Saturday afternoon.

Sudbury’s official Sport Relief mile at the Delphi Centre on Sunday raised around £200, despite a disappointing turnout.

Only 25 participants completed the run, to raise money for vulnerable people across the world.

“I think the weather may have put some off,” said deputy town clerk Jacqui Howells.

“However, those that took part enjoyed themselves, and the mayor presented medals to all at the end.”