BBC Children in Need look set to gain from an even bigger and better fundraising drive as Silverstone UTC students stage their annual fun run in aid of the charity.
The event, which is organised by the Year 12 Business and Events students at the school, raised more than £3,500 last year with donations coming from students, teachers, parents and local businesses. This year the students are hoping to exceed this amount.
“We know how lucky we are as students and so we try really hard to give something back to others that don’t have our opportunities,” said Callum Berry, one of the organising students.
All students and staff are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress costumes and make a small donation to take part in the fun run. Silverstone donates an hour of time on the iconic track and participants can cover the 1.62-mile route on foot, scooter, unicycles or skateboards.
“Every time we run this event we are more impressed by the originality displayed by the students in their choice of outfits and how they get around the track,” said Mr Neil Patterson, Principal of the school. “This year was no different, with a One Night Stand, and a Slow Turtle, who lived up to his name and only just crossed the line in time.”
Another one of the organising class, Molly White, said that they were particularly grateful to the businesses that sponsored the prizes this year.
“The prizes really give students an incentive to dress up, and we are really grateful to XG-group in Brackley for the huge banner they made for us, Boots and Howes the Florist in Buckingham, Porsche and the Sahara Force India F1 team in Silverstone, Nandos, Pizza Hut and McDonalds in Sixfields, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in Brackley, and Colemans Stationers in Towcester,” she said.
On Your Marks Events provided chip timing for those that ran the circuit.
The organising students have set up a page at justgiving.com/silverstoneutc2015 and are hoping to reach a target of £4,000 by the end of next week.
“Our students are still collecting in sponsorship, so until this is completed we don’t know exactly how much we have raised, but we are hopeful of reaching and perhaps even exceeding our target,” said Callum.