Hat’s the way to do it!

The St Hilds group pictured before their 'Mad Hatters' fundraising walk for the RNLI.
The St Hilds group pictured before their 'Mad Hatters' fundraising walk for the RNLI.
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PUPILS put their heads together to think of a way of raising money for charity.

Students from St Hild’s CE Secondary School, in Hartlepool, looked dapper from head to toe as they stepped out on a sponsored eight-mile walk.

A group of 28 students took part in the trek from the school, in King Oswy Drive, to a point along the Hart to Haswell Walkway, in aid of Hartlepool RNLI.

They were led by teaching staff Tom Bisset, Lee Morgan, Lyndsey Chappell and Ms Chappell’s daughter, Leoni, who is a trainee teacher at the school.

Mr Morgan, the school’s learning manager, suggested adding a twist to the walk by getting everyone to wear funny hats.

Among the headwear was an Australian hat with corks, a Viking helmet and a teadybear-inspired creation.

The school regularly holds sponsored walks and has raised thousands of pounds for various charities, including Hartlepool and District Hospice and Hartelpool Mind in recent years.

Mr Bisset, year leader and citizenship co-ordinator, who donned an Elvis mask for the three-hour walk, said the pupils did very well.

He told the Mail: “We are very proud of the kids, it’s a fantastic achievement and for a great cause.

“The RNLI does a superb service for Hartlepool and we are just trying to do what we can for it.”

Mike Craddy, lifeboat operations manager with Hartlepool RNLI, said: “St Hild’s looks after us very well.

“They have always worked with us and raised lots of funds for us, which is much appreciated.”