Youngsters in Wimbledon helped to raise thousands of pounds for their teacher’s marathon fund raising bid.

Pupils at Priory CofE School in Queens Road donned sports gear and skipped and space hopped their way to a £2,000 sponsorship total.

Ex-England rugby player Brian Moore gave a talk to the pupils about healthy living during an assembly. T

he money raised at Healthy Living Day on Monday, March 31, will be added to efforts of Year 5 teacher Caitriona Doohan, who is nearing £3,200 just weeks before she takes on the Virgin London Marathon for the first time.

Miss Doohan, of Effra Road, Wimbledon, is running for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a charity that researches to find a cure for people with type 1 diabetes.

It is a charity close to her heart after sister Clare Doohan, now 18, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged seven.

Miss Doohan said: "We had a fantastic day.

"There were a lot of activities – children were playing volleyball or doing yoga, and there was a sponsored skip and a space hopper relay.

"Brian Moore was very inspiring."

Miss Doohan said the training is going well and she is excited and nervous about taking on the challenge on Sunday, April 13.

To sponsor her, visit the website.