TEACHERS and students who joined in this year's Beaconsfield Fun Run have raised an amazing £12,000.

Beaconsfield High School and The Beaconsfield School took part in the town's annual fun run on March 18, sponsored by The Advertiser, and have chosen to donate a large amount of the funds to the relief efforts of the New Zealand earthquake and the Japanese Tsunami.

The money was raised in a joint effort of individual fundraising and the sponsorshop of the Advertiser as well as local sponsors, including Buzz Bars, Ashington Page estate agents, Abstract Hairdressing and David Lloyd Gym.

Caroline Kinsey, who led the organising committee, said: "This event proved to be a fantastic example of cross school collaboration, all undertaken in high spirits despite the terrible weather.

"The array of fancy dress outfits was admirable – creativity is alive and kicking in Bucks!"

She added: "Each and every student who took part can be proud of how their efforts raised such a significant amount of money for all these good causes."

Beaconsfield High School raised £8,000 of the total and will donate £4,000 to Comic Relief and the two disaster appeals.

The remainder will go to Friends, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the school who are targeting funds for a refurbished physics lab and a second school minibus.

The Beaconsfield School raised £4,000 and the money will be spent on school equipment across numerous departments, with collections on the day going to Comic Relief.

Mrs Kinsey said: "We were delighted with how the event went and hope it will be just as vibrant next year."