It was smiles all round at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College as they took great pride in handing over a cheque to local charity Miles for Men.

As part of the Year 6 transition in July, EMS arranged for the new cohort of students arriving in September to take part in a mini Miles 4 Men with the then current year 7 students in a race around the school field to raise money.

Unfortunately, due to bad weather the event had to be postponed and re-visited when the students joined the school in September.

Fast forward a few months and the students have used some of their PE lessons to complete the task they set out to do and raised sponsorship for.

The total sum raised for Miles for Men was a staggering £1,856.63 with Katie Gray and David Collier, both Year 7 students, raising the highest individual totals.

Paul Dickson, Deputy Head Teacher, said: “The School was delighted to support this worthwhile local charity. Not a week goes by without an uplifting story of how Miles for Men has supported a family who has been affected by cancer. We are always looking at ways to develop activities, as part of our transition programme and to take part in an event that brings current pupils together with our incumbent Year 7 was a brilliant all-round experience.”

Michael Day, founder of Miles for Men, is a former student of the school and is a shining example of how the ethos and spirit lives on long after pupils leave.


On receipt of the cheque, Michael said: “I can’t thank the students of English Martyrs enough for their hard work and generosity. It’s strange to come back to my old school many years after I left but it’s great that they are supporting the work we do in the town.”

Stephen Hammond, Head Teacher said: “Our students never cease to amaze me with their generosity and compassion. The event was a huge success and we are looking to make it even bigger next year during the Year 6 transition days in July. As part of the fund-raising our House Teams supported the event and a donation has also been made to our five House Charities, Great North Air Ambulance, CLIC Sargent, RNLI, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Teenage Cancer Trust.