Children and staff from St Joseph’s Primary School in Middlesbrough set a target of £150 with their VE Day Anniversary Sponsored Walk in aid of two great causes – and managed to raise EIGHT times that amount!

Pupils dressed in red, white or blue to walk as many laps as they could round their gardens.

And one of the school’s teachers, Sean Dolan, was so inspired by their efforts that he ran 75 kilometres through the streets of Stockton, Billingham and Norton in just four days to boost the two charities!

“We have been completely overwhelmed by the children’s enthusiasm for this project and amazed that we have smashed our target,” said headteacher Liz King. “One child has raised over £200, which is incredible.

“The children loved the VE activities throughout the week and we felt it was only right to support a charity which looks after men and women who have been wounded in service for their country

“During this difficult time, we would also like to support and thank our wonderful NHS who are doing a fantastic job caring for our country in its fight against COVID-19.”

Photographs showing all of their achievements were displayed in a video montage played together with Colonel Tom and Michael Ball’s smash-hit version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The current total for Help for Heroes and NHS Charities Together is £1,245 and donations are still coming in.

To sponsor the children, please visit