Gamesley youngsters setting the bar high

Children from Gamesley Early Excellence Centre reached a new height before the Easter break, by completing two events in one day to raise over £2,500 for Willow Wood Hospice.

Kerrie Wood Doyle, a teacher at the nursery school on Winster Mews, is an England athletics coach who has also coached junior athletics at Stockport Harriers for over 10 years.

She led the children through some challenging sessions based on all different aspects of jumping – from standing long jump and high reach jump to mini hurdle drills, relays and, of course, Easter bunny hops!

The youngsters also learned about warming up their bodies and heart, working safely, various movement skills, and even how to relax at the end of the tough sessions.

Kerrie said: “I am particularly interested in developing correct movement skills for children. As such, jumps are an integral part of this so I really used this knowledge for our event. These young children, who are only three and four years of age, showed just how capable they are.”

Head teacher Anna Portman commented: “They had so much fun, in fact some pupils asked if they could do Bunny Hop every day!”

The children collected sponsors from family and friends which brought up an impressive final amount to support the Ashton-based hospice, which provides specialist care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses in the communities of Tameside and Glossop.

“The generosity from people, amidst the problems of the pandemic, has been unbelievable,” Kerrie said.

“Raising over £2,500 has been a great school community effort and has finished the term on a real high.

“The nursery school is very proud to have been involved in this effort and the children have learnt how their brilliant jumping is helping other people and the money raised will be used to make people have a happier time.”

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