A DOUBLE fundraising effort has helped raise thousands for charity.
Students from the Ormiston Six Villages Academy have been working with Royal Navy commander Geoff Bewley to collect the funds for Help For Heroes.
Last Wednesday, the school handed over a cheque for £804.95 which, when combined with commander Bewley’s efforts, means just under £4,000 has been raised for the cause.
To raise the money pupils took part in a number of activities, including a non-uniform day, as well as events organised by the school’s PE department which included a static bike ride.
Assistant principal Beverley Good said: “We have been very pleased to raise the money and help commander Bewley in his efforts.
“The school is very strict about its uniform so to have a non-uniform day is a big deal but we were delighted to be able to do it for such a good cause.
“Supporting charities is very important to the school and we have been proud of the students’ efforts.”
The cheque was presented to the charity at a special assembly which was also a chance for commander Bewley, who lives in Barnham, to update the students on his efforts.
In June, he climbed into the saddle to ride in the charity’s Big Battlefield Bike Ride, which started in Belgium, and followed the 335-mile route of the western front all the way into France.
“It was a very emotional journey. You were doing it alongside people who had come back from the brink of death,” he said.
His next challenge will be a 100-mile ride and he hopes school staff will join him.
Help for Heroes volunteer Eileen Bracey said: “The money that has been raised will really make a big difference. This money is of importance to what we do and it will help us a lot.”