Animal magic

SCORES of youngsters dressed up as animals to take part in a trek to raise charity cash.

The fundraiser saw 180 youngsters from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, almost stop traffic as they set off from their school and walked all the way to The Front, in Seaton Carew.

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Staff, pupils and PCSO officers at the end of their fancy dress walk in aid of the RSPCA. Picture by FRANK REID

Dyke House Sports and Technology College Staff, pupils and PCSO officers at the end of their fancy dress walk in aid of the RSPCA. Picture by FRANK REID

The head-turners – who were raising funds for animal charity RSPCA – were then treated to some hearty grub free of charge from the resort’s Young’s Fisheries.

And while they were strutting for cash, back at the school 10 pupils took part in a 24-hour bike ride and another 10 took part in a 24-hour run for the same cause.

Teacher Adam Palmer, assistant head of Discovery School at Dyke House, said all the kids had a great time taking part in the challenges, and organising them.

He said: “At the end of last year, four different charities came in to school and pitched to the classes.

“It was a way of getting the pupils more involved in making decisions so they had to go away and decide which charity they wanted to support.

“The vote came back and out of the four they chose to support the RSPCA. Then they had to come up with ideas of what they wanted to do to raise money for the charity.

“And it was the pupils that decided they wanted to do the walk and the 24-hour bike ride and run.”

The events took place on Friday in the school – where the pupils’ own radio show was also played throughout the day in support. Mr Palmer said: “We’re so proud of them. The ideas they came up with were really creative.

“It was nice to see them working together and coming up with the ideas and spending time at home thinking of things to do.”

They’ve gone to so much effort and were all been really excited in the run-up to it.”

Mr Palmer hoped that once all the cash had been collected and counted, the hard-working pupils will have raised a good sum for the cause.