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Picknalls staff bare their soles for charity walk in Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter Picknalls PTA Barefoot walk to raise money for refurbishment of early years classroom - L-R Natalie Russell, Heather Forester, Rachel Fuller and Graham Cope

Uttoxeter Picknalls PTA Barefoot walk to raise money for refurbishment of early years classroom - L-R Natalie Russell, Heather Forester, Rachel Fuller and Graham Cope

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A DEPUTY head teacher and PTA members threw aside their shoes and walked eight miles across Uttoxeter - all in the name of a good cause.

Picknalls First School deputy head Grahame Cope was joined by PTA chairman Heather Forrester, treasurer Rachel Fuller and secretary Natalie Russell to complete the Barefoot Walk of Madness at the weekend.

They walked from Picknalls to the Robin Hood pub in Bramshall, before stopping in Stramshall and ending back at Picknalls to raise more for new carpets for the school and a general revamp of the early years development department.

Ms Russell reported the event was a ‘great success’ after it raised in excess of £900.

She said: “Thanks to a lovely sunny day and lots of well-wishers, along with a miraculous lack of injury and despite some very confused looks along the way, the four members of PTA and staff arrived safely back at school as planned.

“School Nursery and Early Years staff were there to chat with parents and future nursery children as well as to greet the weary walkers after Picknalls Nursery held its open morning in conjunction with the fund-raiser for new carpets and décor in early years. Picknalls PTA would very much like to thank all those who have supported them and continue to do so in this project.”

Nursery governor James Russell said “We are very grateful to the PTA for their support in improving further the environment of our school and thank the people involved for baring their soles in a good cause.

“We know that children who come to our nursery continue to do well as they progress through into early years and continue to welcome any interested parents to come and look around to better understand how their child may benefit from this excellent facility in our school.”

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