A GROUP of students clocked up 18 miles on the bike as they set about raising cash for a residential trip.
Youngsters from English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, enjoyed a “fantastic” trip to Scotland last year and were hoping for a repeat visit in the coming months.
But due to budget cuts, the school was unable to fund the trip for the students this year but staff challenged the youngsters to raise the cash to pay for the trip themselves.
A group of the dedicated students then set about organising a number of fundraising activities and swapped the classroom for the saddle for a bike ride on the Hart to Haswell walkway last week.
The bunch of sporty students covered around 18 miles and raised hundreds of pounds through their efforts.
Sponsorship money is still coming in but those who took part are hoping the final total reaches around £400.
Jeremy Cain, Hartlepool pastoral area youth ministry coordinator, said: “The students really enjoyed the bike ride, credit to them for organising it, completing it and raising as much money as they did.
“We are still waiting for the final total but the estimates are around £400 which would be an absolutely outstanding effort.”
Mr Cain added: “We took a group of students on an outward bound week to Scotland last year and they all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, it was a fantastic few days.
“They wanted to repeat it this year but with budgets being stretched we were unable to do that.
“But we said that if they could raise some of the funds themselves we would provide an alternative for them.
“Having agreed to that the students started thinking of some fundraising ideas and came up with the plan of doing the bike ride on the Hart to Haswell walkway and back.
“It was a change for them and they all did very well to complete it.
“I don’t think any one involved thought they would raise close to £400 so to do that well is fantastic.”
The students are now pooling their ideas again as they plan even more fundraising activities in the future to help raise the cash to pay for the residential trip.
Mr Cain added: “If all of the fundraising events are as successful as the bike ride then the students will do very, very well, they’re a very dedicated group.”