PUPILS at Sheffield secondary school held a dress-down day to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
The day was held in support of Ecclesfield School pupils Jack and Elishia, aged 14 and 12, who are trekking the Great Wall of China with their granddad Jim Beachill to raise funds for the charity.
The school, on Chapeltown Road, held the ‘own clothes’ day for all 2,000 of its students.
It has already helped to raise £1,800 towards the £10,000 fundraising target set by Jim.
Jim, aged 64, is doing the trek, part of his ‘bucket list’ of things to do before he dies, to thank the cancer charity for the support they gave his wife during her treatment.
He said: “We chose to help the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity because my wife had cancer and they were superb.
“They helped her through her treatment and, thankfully, she is well and healthy now. Thank you alone was not enough, and helping them in this way is a small repayment for their help and kindness.”
Jim, Jack and Elishia have already raised £6,000 for Weston Park, when they walked the 84-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall two years ago.
Now the trio are upping the stakes, trekking 100 miles along the Great Wall of China over nine days.
After visiting the capital city Beijing, they will trek from Laolongtou to Jiankou, via Shanhaiguan, Huangyaguan and Jinshanling.
And, even before setting off on Sunday, they had raised £9,000 towards their goal. Jim, from Conisbrough, near Rotherham, said: “Despite this period of cutbacks and austerity, people have been brilliant.’’
n Visit www.justgiving.com/James-Beachill to donate.