2012 Sport Relief: Thousands grab chance to raise charity cash SLIDESHOW

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Thousands of runners will take part in the Leeds Sport Relief Mile on Sunday. Stuart Robinson looks at events going on around Leeds. Steve Riding took the pictures.

FUNDRAISERS across Leeds have been grabbing their sporting chance to raise some vital charity cash.

Staff from O2 at the Arlington Business Centre taking part in a Sport Relief egg and spoon race.

Staff from O2 at the Arlington Business Centre taking part in a Sport Relief egg and spoon race.

Schools and businesses in the city have got involved in a whole host of events to mark Sport Relief this week as the city gears up for this Sunday’s Sport Relief Mile.

The charity showpiece is set to see more than 4,000 runners pounding the pavements at they bid to raise money to help good causes in the UK and some of the world’s poorest countries.

Ahead of the big day, pupils at Sharp Lane Primary School in Leeds were busy raising money with their own mile walk around school, dressed up as their favourite sports personality.

At the end of each lap children took part in juggling, hula hooping, penalty shoot outs and speed skipping.

The school also held a bun sale, a juice stall, a raffle and a wet sponge throw.

Not to be outdone, pupils at Farsley Farfield Primary School organised their own Sport Relief Mile in fancy dress.

Some of the school’s Year Six boys dressed as cheerleaders as the school also raised money for former pupil, Matthew Hickling, who is participating in the 2012 Olympics with the UK Paralympic team.

Matthew, 18, from Rodley, has cerebral palsy which affects his arms and legs.

Yesterday also saw BBC Leeds presenters Katherine Hannah and Adam Pope finish an epic pedalo challenge, which saw them pedal along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and raise thousands of pounds for Sport Relief.

Big-hearted volunteers at O2 in Leeds spent Friday manning one of the UK’s pledge centres so people around the country could make their donations.

Around 120 people worked throughout the night at the Arlington Business Centre.

Staff also held a day of activities including their own sports day complete with egg and spoon races, sack races, paper toss competitions, sponsored runs and cycle rides.

And all this week’s events will culminate in Sunday’s Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile which will include a host of famous faces.

Singer Gareth Gates, superbike champion James Toseland and CBBC presenters Dick and Dom are among the celebs who have signed up to show their support.

Dick and Dom said: “We love keeping fit and getting involved in something that’s important and makes a difference.”

The Leeds Mile will start in Millennium Square at 9am and pass sights along the way including the Henry Moore Gallery and the newly refurbished Victoria Gardens.

The City of Leeds Pipe Band, Leeds Esprit Gymnastics, Tierney School of Irish Dance and Leeds Spiders wheelchair basketball team are among the acts set to entertain the crowds.

The Leeds Mile is one of hundreds of Mile events all over the UK.

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