July 22 2014 Latest news:
Molly Kersey, Reporter
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Ilford schoolchildren had great fun dressing up and taking part in a sponsored walk for Sport Relief.
About 240 children from Chadwell Heath Primary School, High Road, Chadwell Heath, joined in the fun.
The pupils held their walk around St Chad’s Park after the idea was proposed by the school council and put to a vote.
There were lots of brightly coloured costumes on display with youngsters donning wacky sunglasses, brightly coloured wigs and fluorescent tutus to mark the occasion.
“It was just so nice to do something different and the kids loved it,” said Alison Pearson, the school council leader.
“We had a fantastic time.”
The school raised more than £500 on Friday. Alison said that they were hoping to hit the £2,000 target once all of the children had brought in their sponsorship money.
They weren’t the only schoolchildren who dressed up for the day, with pupils from Fairlop Primary School, Colvin Gardens, Hainault, donning togas as they participated in their Year 4 mini Olympics.
The pupils dressed in ancient Greece-themed costumes and took part in traditional throwing games and chariot racing.
“The Year 4s were doing a project on the ancient Greeks that fits in nicely because the Olympics are a big part of the Greek heritage,” said headteacher Gail Brannan.
“It was a very sports intensive day. We had an assembly that celebrated all these things.”
Staff at Sainsbury’s in Barkingside took a different approach, deciding to dance their way to their fundraising target.
They marked the day by wearing Sport Relief T-shirts and joining in the fun with a flash mob dance at their Tanners Lane store.
They took part in the dance, which happened nationwide, on Friday.
Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King also carried out his own Sport Relief Mile challenge. He ran a mile at 17 different locations before a run, swim and cycle in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Barkingside staff members Michelle Simmons and Chris Wager ran alongside him at Dulwich on Saturday.
Justin said: “The commitment from our colleagues to raise funds in previous years has been incredible and they really do go the extra mile.”
There were rowing machines and an exercise bike for customers and staff at Sainsbury’s in Newbury Park.
Colleagues also made balloon shapes and there was the opportunity for staff and customers to donate unwanted items. Those not wanting to don their dancing shoes had the option of cycling to raise money.
Around 5,000 cyclists passed through Redbridge on Sunday as part of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle London.
Cyclists were seen making their way past the Dick Turpin Steakhouse in Aldborough Road North, Newbury Park, during their impressive challenge.
Those taking part could choose whether to do a 25 or a 50-mile route, which began and ended in the Olympic Park.
Staff from Sainsbury’s in Chadwell Heath organised a three-legged race and a tug-of-war on Friday. Bakery manager Tony Woodcock said: “We’ve got some exciting fundraising plans this year which include quizzes, arm wrestling, tug-of-war, running, cycling and mud wrestling and I can’t wait to get sporty for Sport Relief and help to make a difference.”
See our gallery to the right for all of the pictures from the day.