Last Sunday, pupils from Eastbourne College took on their biggest charity challenge yet and embarked on a 26-mile walk along the Sussex coast, from Eastbourne Pier to Brighton Pier, to raise money for charity.
All School House girls and members of staff completed the walk to raise money for Plan International, who promote girls’ education worldwide, Bone Cancer Research Trust and Eastbourne Networx, a local charity that supports refugees. The girls also used the ‘Pier-to-Pier’ concept to raise awareness of the dangers of peer-on-peer abuse which harms the lives of many young people.
The girls set up a fundraising page and have raised over £4,500 for their chosen charities.
Fitness trackers worn on the day recorded some impressive statistics:
- 557 minutes spent walking (the last to finish did so in a little under 12 hours)
- 4,127 calories burned
- 67, 263 steps and 267 floors climbed
The group set off early, starting with the highest hill towards Beachy Head and over to the magnificent Seven Sisters and along the coast to Brighton. At Cuckmere, they encountered an unavoidable path which was flooded up to knee height in places but they pressed on despite wet feet.
33 girls made it to the end, and all girls surpassed all expectations, taking themselves way beyond what they thought they were capable of. They were full of high spirits despite the aches, pains and many blisters that developed along the way.