STAFF at a Monmouthshire school raised £3,500 for vital personal protective equipment for Gwent's health board in less than a week.

PE teacher at Caldicot School Katie Bunston came up with the idea to use the new lockdown craze 'Run Five, Donate Five' - through which people are challenged to run or walk 5km, donate £5 to the NHS and challenge five friends to do the same, and was stunned by how quickly the money was raised.

School staff, who have also donated their science equipment to make PPE such as face shields in conjunction with Bishop of Llandaff school, wanted to do even more to help frontline health and social care workers.

Letters were sent to families and posts were put on social media appealing for as much participation as possible.

"As a PE department we decided the best things for us to do was to get the children active and raise money at the same time," said Ms Bunston. "We thought the best way to do that was the #CaldicotDoes5K."

As of Monday afternoon, the total raised amassed £3,503, £1,000 over the target.

"We have had over 50 members of staff completing the challenge, whether it's running, walking, cycling, even horse-riding," she added. "And we have had pupils and families sending in pictures of them completing their 5k.

"We've now had 210 donors and can't thank everyone enough, it's been a great achievement."

The funds were initially expected to be transferred to ABUHB and Age Connect today, but with plenty of money still rolling in, those plans might be put on hold a little longer.

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so by visiting