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Youngsters ready for the Loxwood Joust

The Loxwood Joust that starts tomorrow inspired some youngsters to do a wet fund-faising stunt.

The Joust, which runs this Saturday and Sunday and also next weekend, supports the Sussex Children’s Hospice Chestnut Tree House, which is its main benificary.

The Weald Community School and Sixth Form College at Billingshurst  has also got busy raising money for the same charity.

Pupils got into the mediaeval spirit in readiness for the joust by organising a ‘Pelt the Teacher’ session.

Paul Sweeney, Head of the school’s  Elgar House, together with some of his colleagues, agreed to go into the stocks and let students from the whole school pay to throw wet sponges at them to raise funds for the hospice.

Jo Smith, Community Fundraiser for the hospice, said: “Thank you to everyone who took part and for supporting Chestnut Tree House.  As well as being a great practise run for the Loxwood Joust, it was huge fun and very heart-warming to see the teachers, children and young people getting involved – and very wet – to help other local children who are not so blessed with good health.”

Paul Sweeney said: “It was great to have Jo from Chestnut Tree House in school with the stocks from the Loxwood Joust, students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to soak their teachers whilst raising money for Chestnut Tree House”

The school has been a supporter of Chestnut Tree House for many years, taking part in the charity’s annual Reindeer Run campaign as well as other fundraising activities.  To date it has raised more than £10,000. 

The Loxwood Joust takes place at Loxwood Meadow, and Chestnut Tree House will be at the event with volunteers in the stocks raising much-needed funds.  There will also be jousting twice a day, cannon firing, fully armed knights and thunderous battles, a Children’s Kingdom, sword lessons and learning zones. Tickets are £12 for adults, £6 for children in advance or £15 for adults, £7 children on the gate. For more information, visit www.loxwoodjoust.co.uk and to find out more about the work of Chestnut Tree house, please visit www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

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