School helps with Sahara challenge

An ex-pupil and his father recieved funds from Larks Hill School in support of a Sahara trek they will be doing for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. The money was raised through a tea party. Reece and Andy Gill join pupils Ben Lockett and Amie Ellis with head Alison Smith and Alyson Barker from the school.  (P524A323)
An ex-pupil and his father recieved funds from Larks Hill School in support of a Sahara trek they will be doing for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. The money was raised through a tea party. Reece and Andy Gill join pupils Ben Lockett and Amie Ellis with head Alison Smith and Alyson Barker from the school. (P524A323)
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A Castleford father and son who are trekking across the Sahara desert have received a fundraising boost from Larks Hill J&I School.

Andy and Reece Gill, of Gypsy Lane, Townville, are tackling the 125km walk to raise cash for bone marrow register charity Anthony Nolan.

The school, which Reece, 19, used to attend, raised around £400 with a coffee morning for the pair.

Andy, 46, decided to take on the challenge after donating bone marrow in 2005.

He said: “I like being thrown challenges and I do talks at schools for Anthony Nolan, but I felt there was something else I could do.

“I wanted something a bit different, so I sat down with my son and he was up for doing the trek. It’s wonderful that we’re doing the trek together.”

Andy said he was thrilled with the support from Larks Hill. He added: “Both my children went there and they are like an extended family. It was quite emotional going back to Reece’s first school, we were overwhelmed how much they raised.”