Highfield pupils run with Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Bear for Captain Tom 100 challenge

Pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy were cheered on by Seasiders mascot Bloomfield Bear while completing a fun run in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Year seven pupils at the school, in Highfield Road, South Shore, were challenged to work in teams to run 100 laps of the school grounds to raise funds for the Captain Tom 100 challenge.

The challenge was created by Captain Sir Tom's family, in honour of his NHS fundraising during the Covid lockdown.

Blackpool FC sent its mascot Bloomfield Bear to join the school’s mascot, Bill the Bull, to open the fun run and cheer pupils on.

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Pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy took part in a fun run for the Captain Tom 100 challenge.

Blackpool Community Trust also delivered lessons on ‘resilience’ to the pupils to help them readjust to the normal routines of education post-lockdown.

Pupils will also be sending 100 post cards to vulnerable people in the local community, collecting 100 items for foodbanks, baking over 100 cookies for homeless charities and will clap for 100 seconds.

Staff will be donating money to buy sunflower seeds, which will be given to people in the local community along with guidance on personal wellbeing and organisations that can provide support.

Andrew Galbraith, headteacher at Highfield Leadership Academy said: “As a school we wanted to be part of the very special legacy that Captain Sir Tom bestowed upon us all.

Highfield's mascot Bill the Bull, with Blackpool FC's mascot Bloomfield Bear.

“Captain Sir Tom’s wonderful example shows us just what can be achieved if we put our minds to it.

“Our pupils continue to inspire us all with their enthusiasm and commitment to helping others during what have been exceptionally challenging times.

“I know that I speak for the entire team when I say that we feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a caring community here at Highfield Leadership Academy.”

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Pupils at Highfield Leadership Academy took part in a fun run for the Captain Tom 100 challenge.