MORE than 1,000 pupils from across Wyre Forest made a synchronised Santa-dash across the finish line wearing Christmas jumpers to raise thousands of pounds for their school PTAs.

Children from the Severn Academies Educational Trust (SAET) took part in separate events by running, walking and skipping their way around their school playgrounds while also raising money for local charities.

The trust’s School Council organised the Santa Dash to bring students together during the festive season, despite them not being able to meet up in person during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Year one pupils at Hartlebury CE Primary School in their Christmas jumpersYear one pupils at Hartlebury CE Primary School in their Christmas jumpers

They also made their own Christmas decorations.

SAET chief executive Chris King said: “They had great fun and the events helped in continuing the work we do to ensure the children across our trust understand and recognise we are part of a big family of schools.”

Pupils at Hartlebury CE Primary school alone raised more than £1,800 and their nursery and reception children also made a display of salt dough Santas.

Other schools taking part were Stourport Primary Academy, St Bartholomew’s CE at Areley Kings, Wilden All Saints CE, Wolverley Sebright Academy, and associate trust member Far Forest Lea Memorial CE.