Dagenham pupils walk 570 miles for cancer charity

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter cuts the ribbon at the start of the sponsored walk Picture: Rachel Andreou

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter cuts the ribbon at the start of the sponsored walk Picture: Rachel Andreou - Credit: Rachel Andreou

Would you be able to walk from London to Newcastle and back again?

That’s the distance pupils from Henry Green Primary School covered as they took part in a sponsored walk around the grounds.

Youngsters laced up their trainers and trotted around the Green Lane, Dagenham school for a total of 571.5 miles, completing 1,905 laps in the process.

They were sent on their way by Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education, who cut the ribbon to mark the start of Friday’s walk, which was organised to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Teacher Rachel Andreou called the walk a “real success”, adding: “We haven’t got a total yet because children are still bringing in money but we are hoping that it will be around £600.”