STAFF and pupils at Mary Immaculate High School, in Wenvoe, have stayed healthy and active during the lockdown while also raising £1100 for charity.

The PE staff have been posting videos each week of work outs for pupils and staff to follow and healthy recipes to try.

And the staff also organised a fundraising event to support the charity, Action for Children.

On the day the London Marathon (April 26) would have taken place, the PE team set the 2.6 challenge for staff and pupils.

The aim was to complete a different type of exercise each hour from 8am to 8pm.

Each exercise would be completed 26 times, once for each mile of the London Marathon.

Event organiser, PE teacher Lowri White said: “Many charities are losing out on money that would have been raised through the London Marathon.

“We wanted to help support Action for Children whilst encouraging our staff and pupils to be more active.”

Pupils and staff were happy to take part with many posting videos of their efforts online.

Online donations raise £1100 for Action for Children and the school thanked the community for generously donating and thinking of others during this difficult time.

The PE department is continuing to plan activities to keep everyone healthy and active during lockdown.

Staff are now attempting to walk 406 miles, the distance from the school to Anglesey and back by keeping track of the distance they walk each day as part of their daily exercise.

They are adding up all the miles to reach a collective goal while hoping to continue raising money for Action for Children.

Assistant head teacher, Ryan Crimmins said: “We are fortunate to have such an enthusiastic team of PE staff that are really going the extra mile to keep our staff and pupils active during lockdown.

“I am very proud of our school community for embracing the challenges that have been set and for raising money for such an excellent cause.”