Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham visited South Stanley Junior School to learn more about the Daily Mile initiative.

All the children in the school take part in the Daily Mile which takes only 15 minutes, and can either walk or run around the grounds.  The pupils told Kevan that they really enjoy the chance to get out of the classroom and get active.  The staff at the school have noticed that it helps the children to concentrate better, and brings significant health benefits.

Thousands of school children across the UK take part in the project, which started in Scotland and has now spread to 68 countries across the world.

The children were also raising money for the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund by wearing their pyjamas to school as part of the “Go Bananas in Pyjamas” fundraising initiative.

Kevan said :

“It was great to visit South Stanley school, and find out about how the Daily Mile helps the pupils to keep fit and healthy.

I was also impressed by how enthusiastic they were about raising money for less fortunate children”