Pupils from Kilburn school take part in charity run in honour of late staff member

Pupils from St Augustine's in Kilburn remembered a former staff member who died as they raced the We

Pupils from St Augustine's in Kilburn remembered a former staff member who died as they raced the Westminster Mile for charity. - Credit: Archant

Pupils from a secondary school in Kilburn paid tribute to a member of staff by running a mile for charity raising £1,175.

Richard Gant died of a heart attack aged 55

Richard Gant died of a heart attack aged 55 - Credit: Archant

Sixty students and staff of St Augustine’s School in Oxford Road, ran the Westminster Mile in remembrance of Richard Gant, a member of the canteen team who died of a heart attack earlier this year.

Their personal fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation was part of the school’s Bigger Picture Project, which aims to develop awareness of national and global issues using sport.

Pearl Smith-Farmer, a year eight pupil said: “It was an excellent experience, something we will all never forget. People of all abilities took part in the mile, it encouraged everyone to keep fit and do more running. It brought us all together and hopefully showed people your ability does not matter. Raising the money helped us remember one of our canteen staff that sadly passed away.”

Sixth former Vahid Vagharfard, helped organise the run, collecting and managing the money raised. He said: “The most extraordinary thing about the event was the beauty of the fact that so many people were engaged and you could see that deep down.”

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Aly Elkerm, sixth former,added: “The mile run was gruelling and challenging for many , regardless everyone continued till the end. Running the mile for charity not only aids those in need but also gifts the participant with an unforgettable life memory. I had a lot fun myself and without a doubt would highly recommend this experience to anyone.”

The Bigger Picture Project launched in December 2014 with pupils stamping out homophobia in sport by wearing colourful laces.

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Sammy Ebzao, PE and psychology teacher, said: “The Westminster Mile was an opportunity to build on some fantastic work we have done in raising awareness of the inequalities faced around the world, particularly the rainbow lace campaign. The day itself brought real pride to us with the students, their families and teachers all working together as a school community.”

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