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500 Walk the Downs


It must have been quite a sight for anyone out walking their dog on the Downs between Bramber and Christ’s Hospital on Thursday 13 June, when a team of nearly 500 pupils and staff from Christ’s Hospital School went on a 13 mile sponsored walk in aid of the charity Classrooms for Kenya.
The 11 to 14-year-old pupils decided to go on the walk in order to fundraise for and support a team of older pupils from Christ’s Hospital who, in July this year, will be visiting Kenya to build new classrooms for local schools. These schools are unable to fund permanent buildings themselves and Kenyan children are often left to learn in unsafe and unhygienic mud huts. The team of Sixth Form pupils are aiming to build six new classrooms for three different schools. All of the money raised by the younger pupils’ sponsored walk will go towards the construction of these new classrooms; so far, they have raised an impressive £6,980 of their £8,000 target.
The pupils set off from Bramber on Thursday morning and walked back to their school in Christ’s Hospital, via the Downs Link, which took an average of four and a half hours.
“I am a dog walker and I came across the pupils today whilst out walking the dogs. I was so impressed with their politeness and stamina and when a group of them asked if I would be willing to sponsor I said I would be delighted. Well done to you all,” read a comment left by a member of the public on the pupils’ fundraising page.
“Well done to students and staff from Christ’s Hospital for their efforts on our sponsored walk. They walked a total of 13.1 miles, equivalent to
half of a marathon, and our students took to this challenge with enthusiasm and resilience. The fact that they are raising money to benefit education in Kenya is especially fitting, given the charitable nature behind Christ’s Hospital, and we are really pleased to see our students making a difference to the welfare of others. Funding and building these new classrooms will have a hugely beneficial impact on Kitale’s children and young adults” said Will Richards, Teacher of Physics at CH and main organiser of the Kenya trip.
The School would like to thank the Cat and Canary in Henfield, Stan’s Bike Shack in Partridge Green and The Orchard in West Grinstead for their support.
Classrooms for Kenya was established in 2006 by teachers and students at The Weald School, West Sussex. Since 2006 the charity has built over 70 new classrooms for over 20 different schools in Kenya.
To sponsor the pupils’ walk, please go to: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/chsponsoredwalk

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