Teenagers do not usually volunteer to run 3km but hearing how Crohn’s disease affected a former pupil and a teacher inspired them.
Members of Bury St Edmunds’ King Edward VI School’s Hengrave College decided to adopted Crohn’s and Colitis UK as their charity and did a 3km fun run and paint party as a fund raiser.
They took the decision after year 11 student Annabel Frogley explained how Crohn’s had affected her 17-year-old brother and former Kimng Edwards pupil Olly, who had to have his bowel removed.
Annabel and friends had taken part in the #getyourbellyout Twitter campaign where they wore colostomy bags for a day and Tweeted pictures of themselves.
Laura Greenway, head of college, said: “The college leaders and Annabel also wrote and delivered a thought-provoking and emotional assembly, telling the college about her family’s experience with the illness.”
Music teacher Hayley Last, a fellow sufferer, also spoke of her experienced.
The students organised the ‘Colour Run’ themselves, measuring our the distance on the school sports field.
Ms Greenway said: “Considering students don’t like running, they were pretty game. I was really impressed – it was a great event.”
The first person to complete the seven laps was Alfie Salmon.
Then it was time to gather round for the paint party in which the 71 students who took part in the run were showered with coloured paint powder.