Ettie, a 14 year old student at Three Ways School in Bath, is going to complete the Bath Half on 17 March while being pushed by her teacher, Flo Hopwood.
Ettie, who has cerebral palsy, joins a team of over 35 runners, including parents, school staff and supporters, hoping to raise in excess of £9.000 for the school. Three Ways also have a group of sports wheelchair users in the Family Fun Run, a first for the Bath Half!
It is the first time Three Ways School have had a team in the Bath Half and the funds will be used to buy new play equipment for the secondary playground. This will include a swing that can be used by all students, alongside play equipment to engage and inspire everyone.
Ettie’s mum, Alison, said, “Ettie’s class teacher has taken on a massive challenge and given Ettie an amazing opportunity! Ettie is getting a chocolate button at each mile along the route and as her wheelchair is so huge and she will be the only one on the course, we hope the cheering will be loud!”
Flo added, “Ettie will experience what it is like to be part of a massive sporting event, the crowd’s support and the stamina required to keep going. We are hugely grateful to the charity PUSH who enable families/friends to do outings and races otherwise impossible by loaning their equipment.”
Jo Stoaling, Headteacher at Three Ways, commented, “We are totally in awe of Flo and Ettie and our team of runners. We are hoping to be able to add more inclusive play equipment, accessible gym equipment and make other adaptations to the playground to ensure everyone has something to help them enjoy and access play outside.”
For many of the Three Ways team, this will be their first half marathon, plus it’s the first time that Three Ways have had a team.
To donate please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/team3marathon/478312