Blackpool School’s Massive 5000 Challenge

Laura White
Laura White
Ethan Dulling – Completing 5000 jumps on his trampoline

Over the past couple of years, Blackpool School in Liverton has been raising money to redevelop their very run down and sparse school playground.

They are hoping to reach a total of £15,000, which will enable them to build a brand new climbing tower and activity trail for the children.

So far, they’ve managed to raise £10,000 – a fantastic achievement, especially given the limited fundraising activities they were able to hold over the past year.

To help raise the remaining £5,000 needed, the PTA, also known as FABS, have set up the Blackpool School’s Massive 5000 Challenge as a way for the whole school community to come together and take on a personal challenge.

The Massive 5000 Challenge involves each child choosing a 5000 themed personal challenge, such as 5000 star jumps, running 5000m or staying silent for 5000 seconds, and raising sponsorship to complete it.

The children have done brilliantly over the Easter holidays and have so far raised over half of the total needed. They’ve thought of all sorts of challenges: litter picks, trampolining, walking, running, skiing, cycling, pogo stick jumps, the list goes on. Everyone has been updating their progress and posting encouragement to others on their Facebook group.

Jo Limb, Treasurer of FABS, said: “It’s really been amazing, and often quite emotional, seeing how engaged the children and parents have been and how much they have all achieved.

‘We have a JustGiving page set up to collect all the sponsorship:

If you have time there is a video telling you about the challenge on the page. We would appreciate anything anyone can give.”

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