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Harrogate teacher ditches doughnuts for charity challenge

Harrogate teacher ditches doughnuts for charity challenge

Published at 4:25pm 23rd April 2016. (Updated at 4:30pm 23rd April 2016)

Staff and pupils at Harrogate Grammar School have a special reason to watch this year's London Marathon.

Assistant Headteacher Tim Milburn is taking on the gruelling challenge for the third time.

He'll be raising money in aid of the Just 'B' service which is provided by St Michael's Hospice.

Just 'B' offers emotional support to anyone who has suffered bereavement.

At the start of the academic year, Harrogate Grammar School formed a partnership with the charity as part of its commitment to offer a high level of pastoral care for all students.

Tim said: "Running the marathon on Sunday will be the culmination of hours of training, including lots of early starts during the winter months before starting work, but more importantly abstention from my beloved doughnuts.

"My personal objective is that all the preparation and sacrifice will yield a personal best time. I started training on Christmas Day, just before everyone at home sat down to dinner, because I knew that if I could motivate myself to go out then it would be easier to get out every day in the cold months of January and February.

"I hope that my small sacrifices in getting ready for this challenge will help to raise money for a charity that provides an instrumental service for young people and also one that the school holds very dear. However, what I am most looking forward to is…my first doughnut on Sunday evening!"

Tony Collins, Chief Executive of Saint Michael's Hospice, added: "Tim's efforts are part of an innovative partnership between Just 'B' and a number of local schools, including Harrogate Grammar School.

"Working alongside students within schools, Just 'B' is able to help with bereavement and emotional well-being through special, individual support.

"Just 'B', a service provided by Saint Michael's, is only able to continue this vital work thanks to the generous support of our community, and we are exceptionally grateful that Tim has chosen to take on the London Marathon to raise funds for the service.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for his hard work, dedication and fantastic fundraising, and wish him luck in this enormous challenge."

You can find out how to support Tim at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TimMilburnHGS