It’s 10 up as Oxford's Rye St Antony School steps out to help hospice

thisisoxfordshire: Teacher, Joanne Croft, right, with colleague, Mark Evans, left, who completed the course with pupils, from left, Issy Broadhead, Hannah Brown, Mellie Davies, Emily Lacey, Yiyi Qin and Amanda Thompson Buy this photo Teacher, Joanne Croft, right, with colleague, Mark Evans, left, who completed the course with pupils, from left, Issy Broadhead, Hannah Brown, Mellie Davies, Emily Lacey, Yiyi Qin and Amanda Thompson

PUPILS from an Oxford school took part in a 10-mile walk to raise £10,000 for Helen & Douglas House on Wednesday.

Every student at Rye St Antony School, ranging from aged three to 18, took part in the citizenship day challenge.

The 10-mile circular walk took place around Beckley and Forest Hill and younger pupils in years one to three took part in an obstacle course at the school.

Head of sixth form Joanne Croft said £5,400 had been raised before the challenge took place and they should easily achieve their fundraising goal once the money has been collected.

She said: “We had a really fantastic day.

“We wanted to do something on citizenship day that would benefit the whole community and I think we have done that. Once we have counted the money, we should definitely reach the target.

“We have never done anything this big at the school before. We thought raising £10,000 would be quite a challenge, especially doing it in one day.

“But we always raise money for charity and we wanted to do something we could do together.”

As the pupils crossed the finish line they were presented with medals and had tea and cake on the school lawn.

In total 400 students took part in the walk. Hannah Brown, 15, said: “It was really good, because we all raised money together for an important charity.”

Emily Lacey, also 15, said: “It was extremely challenging. Before we set off I wasn’t aware of how long 10 miles was, but about half way through I realised I had underestimated the distance.

“I have quite sore ankles today, but it was good fun.”

To help reach the total, teachers from the school completed the Three Peaks Challenge – walking to the summits of the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) within 24 hours – during the Easter holidays.

Sarah Hoad, Celia Peck, Pip Horlock, Alex Neil, Erica Sutherland, Abi Jarvis, Ann Gate and Bec Mitchell raised £2,500.

Helen & Douglas House provides hospice care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions.

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