Calday Grange grammer school runners reach Merseyside on 1,000-mile relay
FUNDRAISING runners came home for the Merseyside leg of a 1,000-mile relay run for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Students, teachers, former pupils and parents of Calday Grange Grammar School, in West Kirby, started their epic journey across the UK – dubbed “LeJoG” – on July 9 at Land’s End.
The route has been broken up into 70-mile legs and will finish on July 23 at John O’Groats.
The running team reached Wirral last Thursday and Alder Hey on Friday.
The school launched a fundraising appeal for the hospital’s Imagine Appeal after one of its pupils, Matthew Cullen, was treated there for leukaemia.
Matthew, 15, and his father David ran to Alder Hey to pass the baton on to the next group of runners outside the hospital’s cancer unit.
Tim Sinnott, assistant headteacher at Calday Grange and part of the LeJoG organising committee, said the whole school was inspired by Matthew’s bravery.
He said: “It was just phenomenal to see the runners come home and very emotional to watch Matthew and David.
“We are carrying a baton of hope.”
The school has so far raised £130,000 for Alder Hey.