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By Tristan Harris Tuesday 25 March 2014 Updated: 25/03 22:49
RESIDENTS from across Bromsgrove were busy doing their bit for Sport Relief at the weekend.
At the Ryland Centre, more than 160 people turned out to do sponsored one, three or six-mile runs around the venue's athletics track.
The Ryland's activity development officer Matt Hill said it was an amazing day.
"Watching the community come together to support such a great cause was brilliant.
"We feel so proud knowing the money raised will help people living really tough lives right here in Worcestershire, the UK and across the world.”
On behalf of Sport Relief, Matt thanked everyone who took part in the event on Sunday (March 23).
One person completing the one-mile course was eight-year-old Christina De Sousa who has so far raised £178.50.
The sponsorship came from family and friends and she also promoted it through Facebook.
Her mum Nicola said: "I'm really proud of her - I wasn't sure that she would raise that much, but she has convinced me.
"Everybody has really helped her, we have had some really nice people support her and donate," she added.
Councillor Chris Bloore, Aston Fields resident Jeremy Morris and Tom Ebbutt, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bromsgrove, raised nearly £250 for the cause after completing three miles each.
Coun Bloore said they were really grateful to local people for sponsoring them and for cheering them and their tired legs on to the finish line.
Jellybabies Nursery and Pre-School, based at Longbridge Methodist Centre, held a week of activities centred around sport and helping people and raised £30 for Sport Relief.
The youngsters enjoyed football, bumpy obstacle courses, ball skills, climbing, jumping, relay races, gymnastics and yoga and learning about how some children in Ghana had to make toys out of rubbish.
Following that, they made their own toys, such as cars and boats, out of recycled materials.
Children from the Plus 2s group at St Stephen's Church in Rednal raised cash for the cause by taking part in a Keep Fit Challenge, with different activities, including throwing, climbing, aiming, predicting, crawling and jumping, being ticked off each time they had been completed.
They were also encouraged to climb, jump and take turns and circle / songtime included songs promoting jumping, hopping, balancing, parachute games and social skills.
There were also bring and buy events and home-made cake sales throughout the week to boost the coffers further.
Leader Jules Kite-Lightfoot said: "It was a great way to raise money for a very worthy cause."
Staff at Baepoint Business Centre in Bromsgrove raised £94 for the cause as employees took part in a sponsored static cycle on spinner bikes.
All Basepoint centres across the UK were involved, with staff at each one cycling the equivalent distance to the next branch.
The 30 centres collected £5,300 and, with match-funding from The ACT Foundation, the overall total for Sport Relief is £10,600.
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