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£652raised of £5,000 target by 23 supporters

    Weʼve raised £652 to help fund new playground equipment.

    Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland, UK
    Funded on Friday, 16th November 2018

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    Andrew Stephens, Forensic Scientist at Formedecon and husband of one of the teachers at Hamsterley Primary School, is running the Kielder Marathon to raise money for Hamsterley School playground equipment appeal.

    Hamsterley Primary School is a very small rural school in County Durham with 39 pupils aged from 4 to 11. With only three hard working teachers and support staff they obtained an outstanding grade from Ofsted for the school giving their pupils one of the best starts in education they can get. There are no play facilities in the village, so the play equipment on the playing field is really appreciated. Like most others in the country, the school is short of cash and has to fund the essentials for school life.

    The school is full of life and colour with the pupils kept fit and healthy with swimming lessons, regular P.E., running a mile each morning and “Wake up shake up” to start the day. During playtimes the playground equipment is given a good workout too. Unfortunately, through many years of hard play and County Durham weather, the climbing frame (or fairytale castle/cowboy fort – whatever your imagination), is showing its age. Parts have become rotten so cannot be used and it is simply in need of being replaced.

    Having two boys who were both active at school and doing the odd bit or running myself, I know the importance of kids being active in their play so I want to raise some money to help the school replace its playground equipment and keep the kids active in both body and imagination. To this end I am running the Kielder marathon this October. No, I have not run an organised marathon before; yes, it is scary; no, I am not mad (at least that is what I keep telling myself) and no, I am definitely no spring chicken! So please help Hamsterley Primary School replace its playground equipment and keep their kids active and healthy.



    • Andrew Stephens2 months ago
      Andrew Stephens

      Andrew Stephens

      2 months ago

      Just completed the Marathon today with a time of 3hrs 39 mins, 49 secs! Really pleased with that - it was 0 degrees at the start, then got blasted with a freezing headwind over the dam, so bad the railings blew over (see picture) and got cramp at 22 miles in both legs. Otherwise, great fun! Really appreciate the support so far from everyone. It means a lot and got me through it! Two weeks left to try and raise as much as possible, so feel free to tell your mates on social media. Let's see if we can raise some more for the school!

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    • Andrew Stephens3 months ago
      Andrew Stephens

      Andrew Stephens

      3 months ago

      Completed the Great North Run with my son Jake in just over 1.5 hrs and felt fine despite the heat! Just have to double that now!

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    • Andrew Stephens4 months ago
      Andrew Stephens

      Andrew Stephens

      4 months ago

      and here I am running for fun in torrential rain along the railway lines with my son Jake, who by the way, is much faster than me and can afford to stop for a photoshoot whilst I catch up!

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    Page last updated on: 10/31/2018 1:55 PM



    • Paul Richards

      Paul Richards

      Oct 31, 2018

      Well done Andrew


    • Jeremy Spencer

      Jeremy Spencer

      Oct 25, 2018

      Well done Andrew


    • Cross Country Trains

      Cross Country Trains

      Oct 19, 2018

      Well done Andrew we are chuffed to bits that you got there.


    • Cooksie Sandhu

      Cooksie Sandhu

      Oct 15, 2018

      Goodluck Andrew, best of luck with raising the required funds. You are doing a great job, Thank you for your considerations and time. Bapinder Sandhu


    • Richard & Debbie Mortimer

      Richard & Debbie Mortimer

      Oct 12, 2018

      Well done Andrew! Hope you reach your target.


    • Anonymous


      Oct 9, 2018

    • Anonymous


      Oct 8, 2018

      Thank you Andrewwe really appreciate what you are doing for our children.


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    Andrew Stephens

    Andrew Stephens

    Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland, UK

    I am Andrew Stephens, Forensic Scientist at Formedecon Ltd and husband of one of the teachers at Hamsterley Primary. I have decided to run my first ever marathon to raise funds for replacement playground equipment for the school as it has fallen into disrepair.

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