Friday, 17 September 2021

Pupils in sponsored skip for heart research

PUPILS at Rupert House School in Henley took part in a charity skipping challenge.

PUPILS at Rupert House School in Henley took part in a charity skipping challenge.

Each child had to jump a rope as many times as possible in either 30 or 60 seconds, depending on their age. Their teachers timed them and the fastest girls were presented with prizes.

The winner in the upper school was year 5 pupil Hannah Brindle, who completed 112 skips in a minute. Her sister Zoe, from year 2, came first in the lower school for skipping 57 times in 30 seconds. Both were presented with gold medals and a book on how the human body works.

Four PE teachers also competed and the winner was Clare Martin who notched up 142 skips in a minute.

The event raised £270 for the British Heart Foundation as part of its Wear It Red day. The children wore at least one red item of clothing, including T-shirts, hair bands, shoes and leg-warmers. They also put on an assembly in which they explained the anatomy of the heart and how to look after it.

The day was organised by Sarah Roberts, of King’s Road, Henley, whose seven-year-old daughter Millie attends the school.

Millie has a heart and lung condition so Mrs Roberts set up the Millie’s Dream charity to install defibrillators at local schools. Fifteen have been installed so far and 16 more have been place in private premises.

Ms Roberts said: “Today is all about teaching young people to look after their hearts and think about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating. It’s important to encourage them to get active at a young age.

“People in Henley have really helped Millie’s Dream so I wanted to give something back to the foundation, which carries out important research.”

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