Nearly a hundred heads from the UK’s leading independent schools have come together in Scotland to complete a “Chariots of Fire” charity run to help eradicate neonatal tetanus.
The run, which replicated the famous West Sands beach scene in the David Puttnam film about Olympic athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, has raised enough money to inoculate three quarters of a million babies against deadly tetanus.
It took place during the annual meeting of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference. HMC Chairman Chris King, headmaster of Leicester Grammar School, who conceived the event, said:
"I was so moved by the plight of the children who die unnecessarily from this preventable disease that I wanted to do something to help. I am very proud of the response of my colleagues at HMC, and it is also testament to the huge charity fundraising programme which goes on in schools every day, raising around £4million a year."
Unicef Ambassador and former world champion athlete Colin Jackson said:
"Every nine minutes, a new born baby dies from neonatal tetanus. Your efforts to keep children safe from tetanus are inspiring. Thank you on behalf of Unicef UK for your generous support."