PRE-school children at Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham have completed a marathon challenge to help raise funds for The Trussell Trust. 

Youngsters at the nursery in Pennypot Lane, which is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, collectively ran the distance of a marathon over the course of a week, using the racetrack in the garden to reach the equivalent of 26.2 miles. They completed a total of 1,687 laps. 

The children’s efforts raised £1,330 for the trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks, with donations still coming in from generous parents and supporters. 

Kind gestures were everywhere during the fundraiser, from a parent designing bespoke T-shirts for the event, which were sold to benefit the cause, to pre-schoolers showing their appreciation for supporters, with one child litter-picking their neighbourhood in return for sponsorship.

Pennypot Day Nursery charity representative Aprille Goubert said: “Our pre-schoolers had a fantastic time taking part in the marathon challenge and didn’t want to stop running. They were also very proud to learn that they were helping people in the process.

“All children were given the opportunity to take part, and this was a brilliant way to promote healthy lifestyles and the benefits of exercise and outdoor play. We are delighted to be helping The Trussell Trust and are so grateful to our nursery families for their support.” 

Pennypot Day Nursery has pledged a year-long fundraising drive for The Trussell Trust, with regular collections for the Woking Foodbank to help local people who need it most.