Holbrook to Sydney

Pupils and staff get ready to put some miles on the total with their bikes

Holbrook to Sydney charity challenge raises money for Suffolk Community Foundation

At the end of the summer term, pupils were challenged to collectively cover the distance of 10,500 miles, the approximate mileage from Holbrook (Suffolk) to Sydney (Australia), to raise funds for the Suffolk Community Foundation and the local charities it supports.

The distance was set to mark the journey made by the School's most eminent alumnus, Admiral Arthur Phillip, who in 1788 founded the British penal colony at Port Jackson, that later became the city of Sydney. He went on to become the first Governor of New South Wales.

The challenge set: some pupils chose to run, some to cycle, others swam while many walked their way to the total. With every pupil in the School taking part, each needed to average around 14 miles.

Assistant Head (Co-Curricular) and coordinator of the School's Community Action, Clive Rennison, said

"Groups of pupils and Houses teamed up to organise massed activities so everybody had the opportunity to contribute to the total. The pupils in Year 13 set some endurance tests; swimming the English Channel in relays in the pool, running marathons and scaling the National Three Peaks on the School's climbing wall. This challenge demonstrated the excellent collaboration we often see in our community and many found it a useful way of de-stressing and getting out of their rooms for a short break between revision sessions".

The School's accumulated efforts resulted in an impressive 10,685 miles covered in just two weeks and £1465 has been raised so far. This will be added the Royal Hospital School's Suffolk Community Foundation Fund which now stands at over £14,000.

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Pupils enjoy strawberries and cream during a break in their group walk around Alton Water reservoir