Pupils prove their class on sponsored walk

The team of nine students who went on a sponsored walk from Rye to Pevensey

The team of nine students who went on a sponsored walk from Rye to Pevensey

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A TEAM of school pupils proved they were a class act by marching more than 30 miles from Rye to Pevensey to raise £1,500 for an education charity.

The nine students from Helenswood Secondary School, Rye College and William Parker Sports College battled through freezing cold temperatures last month to complete the energy-sapping challenge.

All aged 14, they set off from Rye Station on April 3 and marched 10 miles every day camping out overnight.

They marched along the route of the 1066 County Walk. Temperatures at night fell well below freezing and some of the group struggled to get much sleep as they tried to stay warm.

They marched through to Westfield, Battle and then on to Pevensey arriving on Friday April 5.

They raised money for the Education Futures Trust a local charity working with schools and families to help young people get the most from their education.

On May 14 a celebration evening was held at The Trust’s offices in Firs Road in Hastings.

Speeches were given by Carole Dixon, Trust chief executive, and Ken Giles, expedition leader, which recognised the achievements of the pupils.

The team also recounted their experiences and the challenges they faced.

Ken wrote on the Trust website: “The young people and staff were amazing, an inspiration to work with, and a credit to their families and schools. I could not fault them. All of them demonstrated steely determinationand motivation even when they were obviously very tired and exhausted. It was an honour to lead them.”