Dedicated Nelson and Colne College staff have gone the extra mile for charity by taking on the BUPA Great Manchester Run.
A 23-strong team joined thousands of runners on Sunday as they attempted to raise as much money as possible for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
With already £682 collected, it is expected the group will drum up more than £700 in total – far exceeding their initial £500 target.
Among those taking part in the 10K challenge were acting assistant principal Joy Barber, who completed the course in one hour and 11 minutes and head of division of foundation learning Nicolo Manta, who finished in one hour, seven minutes and 39 seconds.
Trainee sales coordinator and former college apprentice Aaron Hamilton was the team’s fastest runner, finishing in 44 minutes and seven seconds, and impressively 10 runners managed to finish in less than one hour.
The money raised this weekend will now be added to more than £500 already in the kitty following a jam-packed event at the college, which included a fashion show, singing and dancing, stalls, and a visit from Wheatley Lane Primary School pupils.
Named “Celebrating Diversity”, the evening saw foundation learning students showcasing different subcultures, including punks and goths, after researching clothing and working with the hairdressing department.
Sophie’s mum Sylvia Lancaster, who attended the event, said: “Wow! This is an absolutely fabulous effort from all concerned. The events the college have done this year to raise money for our foundation have been amazing. I cannot thank everybody enough.”
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up to create respect and an understanding of subcultures in our communities following the death of Sophie in August 2007.
Foundation programme tutor Susan Hartley organised the “Celebrating Diversity” event and took part in the Great Manchester Run.
She said: “The success of our events is because of the people at Nelson and Colne College. I have been bowled over by how much we have raised, and there is still money coming in.
“The fashion show was a way of saying ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like or what you believe in, we are all people and we should always be ourselves’.”
It isn’t too late to make a donation to the college’s Great Manchester Run team. Visit: www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Nelson-and-Colne-College1
You can also make a donation by texting the unique code NCCR99 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.