TWO school heads are pulling on their running shoes to raise money for charity.

Andrew Chadwick – head of school at Wilsden Primary – and Liz Davison, executive head of both Wilsden and Thornton primary schools, are tackling a half-marathon next month.

They are coining-in desperately-needed funds for CLIC Sargent, which supports young people battling cancer.

The duo decided to take on the challenge after hearing from a former colleague about the support the charity had given her family.

Wilsden Primary also provided its backing to CLIC Sargent late last year, when families at the school – instead of buying gifts for staff – donated presents for children who were spending Christmas in hospital.

Andrew and Liz say they will be "more than happy" just to finish the half-marathon, but add that they 'secretly' hope to complete the 13.1 miles in just over three hours.

They plan to follow a route along the canal towpath between Shipley and Leeds.

An online fundraising page, at, has already raised over £1,180.

Andrew said: “This year I turned 40 and I had been looking to set myself a challenge; well, this is it!

"CLIC Sargent is based at the children’s hospital in Leeds and so it directly supports our local communities.

"The work it does in supporting families emotionally, physically and financially as they experience the most devastating news imaginable is incredible and we just wanted to do something small to show how much we value its commitment.”

Liz said: "I haven’t run anywhere since doing a fast sprint for the last bus as a teenager, so this is definitely going to be a challenge!

"I can’t think of a more deserving charity to support than one which helps young people and their families navigate the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. Please do consider donating and supporting the wonderful work it does."

Wilsden and Thornton primary schools are both part of Focus-Trust.