Three schoolgirls from Bury St Edmunds have helped smash a fund-raising campaign’s target by taking part in their first ever triathlon.
Fellow Westley Middle School pupils Sasha Welbourn, Daphna Shalev and Emily Stanton all play for Jetts Netball Club.
Inspired by their coach Tracey Butcher, the girls decided to sign up for a relay triathlon in aid of ‘Zena 10’, a fund-raising campaign for St Nicholas Hospice care set up in memory of Tracey’s sister.
The trio raised more than £300, with Sacha completing the swimming leg, Daphna the cycling stage and Emily the final 2km run.
Their efforts, along with that of countless others in the community, has helped tip Zena 10 over its £20,000 target (already increased from an initial £10,000 goal), with the total currently standing just shy of £21,000.
Tracey said: “I am so proud of these three. When they told me they were taking part in a triathlon I was excited for them but then they asked to do it for Zena 10 - I was so grateful.”
“I sometimes feel a little embarrassed that people are doing so much - it’s humbling,” she added.
The campaign was launched by Zena’s partner Darren Gibbs and daughter Connie in June, which marked the 10th anniversary of Zena’s death, and is set to culminate in a charity ball on her birthday next week.
Darren said: “I’ve been blown away by people’s generosity and everyone who’s helped. Lots of people got involved in lots of different ways - it’s been amazing.”