Movie marathon for fundraising youngsters

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SCHOOLCHILDREN stayed up all night as they took part in an 23-hour movie marathon.

More than 300 youngsters, parents and staff at Dinnington School battled the drooping eyelids for the endurance test with a difference.

The event, dubbed the Pixarthon, invited pupils and families to watch every film made by animation studio Pixar back-to-back.

Those who took part donned Pixar-themed fancy dress, with children dressed as characters from film favourites such as Monsters Inc.

They feasted on takeaway treats and sugary snacks, and supped countless cups of coffee, all provided by a host of local businesses, to help see them through from the film screenings from 5pm to 4pm the following day.

The stunt was organised to raise cash for the school’s sport trip to Canada in eight weeks’ time, as well as for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and the Osborne House charity.

It is the second time the school has played host to a fundraising film festival - last year’s was a Harry Potter marathon.

So far, sponsorship has beaten the £500 mark and the school hopes to smash a £1,000 fundraising target.

Teacher Dana Abdulkarim said: “A massive thanks must go to all the local businesses that donated to our cause, and to the school caterers Chartwells for donating all the breakfast meals and cutlery.

“The whole event went perfectly with the students staying in good spirits and very many of them battling gravity to keep their eyelids open! Parents of students going to Canada rallied the tired, and motivated us all. Collections in the first week raised £500.

“As the organiser of the event I am very proud of what was achieved over those 23 hours - the students really showed that their community and charity matter.

“Anyone who thinks that young people don’t care must come and see this event in action next year.

“Congratulations go to all that took part - now we’ll start planning the next one!”