STAFF, students and governors from a Chester high school have been raising money together, whilst staying apart.

A big part of life at The Catholic High School is about working together to support charities throughout the year.

When the announcement came that schools would close to most students on Friday, March 20, the school was just three weeks into the Lenten fundraising activities, which then had to be put on hold.

But that hasn't stopped the school from helping good causes.

Over the past week, staff and students have been getting their step count up and taking part in the Walk Your Socks Off fundraising event for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Over the seven-day period the school community, and their families, will see how many kilometres they can clock up during their daily exercise.

Deputy headteacher Maria Nordmann is leading the way, averaging 12km each day walking her dog, Winston, who loves to be involved in anything for school, and is more than happy to support his canine friends.

Amongst the students, Maisie in sixth form has already walked the equivalent of school to Manchester, whilst Jack in Year 8 is targeting a virtual walk from home to the Anfield Stadium.

Headteacher Cathryn McKeagney said: “Joining together as a community to raise awareness and funds for good causes is something we do all the time at our school.

"I saw no reason for this to stop during these strange times. It’s important to us to continue to act as a family.”

The activity has already raised nearly £400 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

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