AROUND 1,000 students from Worthing High walked out of school on Friday, in the name of charity.
Staff joined them for a 12-mile walk, taking in Cissbury and Chanctonbury Ring.
The whole school took part, including the new year-seven intake, leaving the South Farm Road site after registration to raise thousands of pounds for Chestnut Tree Hospice.
Headteacher Carolyn Dickinson said: “This event is a unique day in our school calendar and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to work together and raise money for a local children’s charity.
“We hope to raise £12,000 for this local children’s hospice and judging by the enthusiasm shown on the day by all our students, this should be achievable.”
The bi-annual sponsored walk is the school’s biggest charity event.
Organiser Jules Smith said: “We are also grateful for the support of the mayor of Worthing, who helped at the start of our walk, and Sussex Search and Rescue, who guided students throughout the day.
“Over the last eight years, we have raised over £30,000 for Chestnut Tree House, which is an amazing achievement.”
Every two years, the entire school walks the 12-mile round trip through Broadwater, across the busy A27 and up on to the Downs in aid of Chestnut Tree House.
Matthew Clegg, a year-nine pupil, said: “The students of Worthing High School walked across the South Downs to raise money for Chestnut Tree House. Each student gained sponsorship and we aim to raise £12,000 for this charity.
“Chestnut Tree House is an amazing charity, which supports children with life-limiting conditions. They are currently caring for over 300 children from all across Sussex.
“This walk provides every student with an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of terminally ill children.”
Governor Rhys Price said: “We are very grateful to Tesco Durrington and Morrisons Worthing, who donated free bottled water for students.”
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