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Oasis Connaught raises over £1,000 from Knowle West half marathon

A local primary school has raised over £1,000 to support its Community Hub – after parents and staff ran a half marathon around Knowle West.

Oasis Academy Connaught on Melvin Square organised the event earlier this year – with a group of sixteen parents and teachers running the 21k route.

Pupils also ran a mile-long course around the school – and both groups were cheered on by local residents.

The final amount raised was confirmed today (24 April) which will go towards improving and decorating the on-site Oasis Community Hub.

This provides courses for parents and students beyond the academy day. It building also houses a sports hall for a parents’ netball team and coffee shop for local people to socialise in.

The idea for the Connaught Half Marathon came about after the school’s Safeguarding Lead and Learning Mentor, Faye Morgan, began a running group with 12 mums who wanted to improve their fitness and mental health.

The group started in June 2018 with members running 2km around Knowle West Health Park. They then started training for their first half marathon less than 12 months later.

One of the parents said: “I became part of this running group… because I became homeless and was living in a hostel.

“This group got me out, helped me de-stress and meet people. I was able to become more confident and join other groups with the great people and friends I made. And the bonus is I’m keeping fit with people with no pressure…”

Principal of Oasis Academy Connaught, Mrs George Fraser said: “…The children, parents and staff showed great determination and perseverance training for the run and on the day. We are very proud of all of them and delighted to have raised so much money.”